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“Kathryn wanted more for her daughters.”
“She wants the best for her girls.”
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Hungry and in pain, the man was desperate for help. So he did what he knew to do: Call 911. A dispatcher dutifully sent an ambulance, even though the man’s needs were not immediately life threatening, because often there’s simply no one else to send. But this...

The lack of food, and especially the lack of healthy food, is a constant challenge for millions of American families even in the best of times. This year, as we all know, has been far from the best of times. Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic...

‘My mom has COVID-19,’ and other experiences Shepherd students have endured in the pandemic of 2020 They have been called Generation C. This year, as the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe, tens of millions of students, from preschools to universities, have had their lives, their studies,...

When coronavirus hit, Shepherd paramedic met vital needs on front lines of pandemic Shane Hardwick was already on the front lines, meeting neighbors’ health needs on Indianapolis’ near east side, when news broke this winter about a deadly new disease ravaging Wuhan, China. By early March, the...

As I think about this Poverty 101 Blog it can sometimes be difficult to know what to talk about.  The reality is that there are so many things to choose from that it can be overwhelming.  Kind of like that kid who walks into a...

Pandemic response: When the world stepped off a cliff,  Shepherd Community and its partners stretched to help In early March, before the coronavirus was declared a pandemic, Shepherd Community staff had begun to prepare for what seemed would be significant -- but not overwhelming -- changes...

A number of year ago I was teaching a Poverty 101 session and we were having a little Q & A at the end when I was asked what should have been a simple question. The woman wanted to know what our goal was in...

Sometimes someone says something that suddenly shifts your way of thinking. And changes how you view the people around you. Take, for example, a recent conversation with Donna Alexander, Shepherd Community Center’s director of volunteers. As we talked about a range of volunteer opportunities, Alexander repeatedly...

In my last post I mentioned that there were two things I want everyone to remember from Poverty 101. The first is that “It’s all about relationships.” The second is that “Poverty is Complex.” Everyone who has lived in poverty, everyone who studies poverty, everyone who...