The tired and ineffective strategy of imposing work requirements on poor people, most of whom are already working, is more about the pernicious narrative it supports than results. A similar program was stopped by a federal judge in Kentucky, because it did not consider the healthcare implications for those involved.
A very large US foundation sent out an announcement yesterday about a major new initiative it’s funding to address poverty. Buried in the middle, it had something to say about the importance of “narrative” consciousness about “the poor.”
A new research center at the University of California, Riverside aims to link the university to the surrounding community through a multi-faceted research and community engagement agenda that aims to address poverty in the region.
Unlike other communities where schools have been turned over to private organizations to operate as independent charter schools, in Waco, the idea is to draw on the unique strengths of a nonprofit organization to enhance the current operation of the school.
It would appear that “adopting” poor families is not a good model of holiday giving. Increasingly, nonprofits are challenging dismissive assumptions embedded in the toy distribution scenes we have so taken for granted.
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