True or False? The answer is…
The answer to our question - True or false? If every person in the United States that is living in poverty lived in the same state, it would be the most populous state in the nation.
TRUE. - The population of this state would be larger than the populations of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada and Nebraska… combined.
Test your knowledge of poverty!
True or False?
If every person in the United States that is living in poverty lived in the same state, it would be the most populous state in the nation. True or False?
Kudos to our newest Board of Director, Lori S.! It takes compassion and understanding to make a difference, and she goes above and beyond to not only help people, but to try and address the root cause of homelessness one person at a time. We are very lucky to have her on our team! Check out the article on how she helped someone get off the street and into stable housing, even though it wasn’t in her job description.
Our Spring Dessert Theatre was an unforgettable experience, thanks to our many volunteers, sponsors, and guests! We appreciate your support - Jolene and Dan Kelley, Historic Deepwood Estate, Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, LifeSource Natural Foods, Willo ‘the Wisp, Man of Words Theater, and of course, our volunteers. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.
Working at Robin Hood, most of us eat, breath and dream about fighting poverty in New York City. And now, one staffer has taken that passion and turned it into a book.
Cindy Lamy is the Manager of Metrics here at the Robin Hood – which means she is responsible for creating and updated more than 170 equations that our program officers use to determine the value of each grant that is made. Her new book, American Children In Chronic Poverty: Complex Risks, Benefit-Cost Analyses and Untangling the Knot addresses the multitude of obstacles faced by those, particularly focusing on children, living in poverty. She outlines, what we here at Robin Hood hold as truth, that by comparing the benefit of various poverty fighting programs against the cost of programs, we can determine which programs and policies produce benefits that exceed costs, thereby providing evidence for an efficient fight against poverty. And ultimately, she believes that when we respect and care for the least members of our society we create a strong, successful society in which everyone prospers.
Congratulations on this incredible accomplishment Cindy.
I am putting this on my “to read” list! Like Cindy Lamy, we also believe and work toward a vision that respect and dignity can set communities up for success.
Crimes of homelessness: Dealing with a legal system ill-equipped to make an impact | Statesman Journal | statesmanjournal.com
Starting the conversation on homelessness and the law. By nature of experiencing homelessness, you are potentially breaking laws related to vagrancy, and likely committing quality of life crimes. However, without adequate transportation and the means to keep track of dates and times, people often face barriers in showing up for court. Salem is doing a great job with starting the conversation and looking at solutions to this issue. What are your ideas on on how to make a meaningful impact on homelessness and criminality?
We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re aproaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter:
‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended’ They pay for their order, take the two and leave.
I ask my friend: “What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?”
My friend: “Wait for it and you will see.”
Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers - three for them and four ‘suspended’. While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square infront of the café. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in throught the door and kindly asks
‘Do you have a suspended coffee ?’
It’s simple - people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm bevarage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwitch or a whole meal.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have such cafés or even grocery stores in every town where the less fortunate will find hope and support ? If you own a business why don’t you offer it to your clients… I am sure many of them will like it.
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Oh my. This is so good.
There is still space (and time) to RSVP for our Spring Dessert Theatre on April 18th! Don’t miss out on entertainment from Man of Words Theatre Company, storytelling from our volunteers, cider, and delicious desserts (made by our Board members and LifeSource Natural Foods)! So many great things in one evening. RSVP (firstname.lastname@example.org) and learn more - http://eepurl.com/xRv0v.
If we asked a high school student what she wants you to know about her poverty experience, what would she say? Learn more about our volunteer, Megan!
“Deceptive Outward Appearance,” an art piece made with wood and paint, was created by Ole Martin Lund Bo. It calls to mind our own deceptive outward appearances—the masks we wear, the secrets we keep—and the true self that is worth discovering and revealing.
This is another reminder to be open and to listen to other people’s stories. While someone may be experiencing poverty, that’s not who they are as a person. Take time to listen and learn. You may be surprised that you what you find on the outside doesn’t reflect what is on the inside.