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    Families Helping Families Escape Poverty

    Last week (and again yesterday in a follow-up article) The New York Times featured the poverty-fighting work of the Family Independence Initiative (FII). Founded by Maurice Lim Miller in 2001, FII is a nonprofit, community-based organization that helps working poor families escape poverty by encouraging and rewarding personal initiative and … More

    Kentucky Faith-Based Organization Helps Poor Achieve True Human Flourishing

    Adding to the looming national debt crisis, means-tested government welfare spending continues to skyrocket, with no significant improvement in poverty rates. Private, faith-based community leaders, however, are successfully helping low-income individuals escape poverty and maintain economic independence. Within the crime-ridden neighborhoods of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in between crack houses and subsidized … More

    Spotlight on Civil Society: "Courageous" Film Highlights Importance of Fathers

    One need look no further than the latest sitcom or celebrity pronouncement to witness the strained state of fatherhood in American culture. As men have become expendable in the eyes of pop culture, fewer adults see the necessity of ensuring their children are raised in intact, married families, where they … More

    National Foster Care Month: Churches Help Children Find Families

    A few weeks ago, President Obama declared May to be National Foster Care Month, reminding Americans that “the best path to success we can give [foster children] is the chance to experience a loving home where they can feel secure and thrive.” Thanks to churches and other faith-based organizations, thousands … More

    Government and Nonprofits Work to Stop Sex Trafficking

    Every month, 400 adolescent girls are sold on Internet sites, on street corners, and in the backroom deals of sex traffickers. An estimated 300 such transactions occur every day. The girls come from every socioeconomic background: Many are runaways or abused children; some are kidnapped. The average age of entry … More

    Faith-Based Organizations Respond to Tornado Victims

    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano surveyed the damage of the tornado-ravaged South this weekend, promising federal supplies and aid to help victims of one of the deadliest storm systems in U.S. history. But before FEMA or government leaders stood in the wreckage, local community groups and church congregations … More