BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY
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As a long-term missionary, serving with her husband and children in Zambia and the Ukraine, Donna Alexander witnessed the complexities and consequences of deep poverty in her day-to-day ministry. Yet, when she arrived at Shepherd Community Center in 2018 to serve as director of volunteers, Alexander...

If he were to walk its streets today, Charles Dickens would surely recognize Indianapolis, even 160 years after “A Tale of Two Cities” was published. It truly is the best of times in Indy. The tech sector is booming. Life sciences, logistics, and advanced manufacturing continue...

In the day and age we live in, everyone wants to get their information in small chunks that don’t take much time to digest. This is a particular challenge for me as someone whose job it is to teach about complex subjects like poverty....

If you've been around Shepherd, you have probably heard about our Poverty 101 training. This unique training helps challenge stereotypes about poverty and ultimately gives you a better understanding of the poverty mindset. If we are going to break the cycle of poverty in the...

Meet Tim Swarens! Tim will be giving us the "inside scoop" of some events and happenings here at Shepherd. If you want to better understand Shepherd and our neighborhood, you won't want to miss Tim's articles. Tim Swarens is a former opinion editor and columnist with...

Partnerships matter as we work so hard to help students break the cycle of poverty. One such essential partnership is the IU School of Optometry. They come and test our students as young as 3 years old to determine any kind of visual challenge that may...

In a season where there is a lot of political conversation, I am reminded that there are lots of conversations and promises related to poverty. Yet, very little has been accomplished in the war on poverty. I often hear about how more programs and more...

Is there enough food in Indianapolis? Is there enough housing in Indianapolis? The answer to both is, simply, yes. Poverty is not the lack of resources, but it is more about access to resources. So how do we create access to the things our neighbors need? Is that true...

There has been a lot written about the different tests that students take. While our tests and scores are better than most, we are not satisfied. This is not about competition between schools, it is about a student who has a name and a face....