A hurt, a vision, a relationship, a skill – these are the four things that can get a person out of poverty, according to Chris Parsons of the Schenectady Rescue Mission. She did a marvelous talk at our church recently on “What every church member should know about poverty.”
I’ve been captivated as of late with what it would take to help people in poverty… I’m a late bloomer, so have some patience with me! If I were running a downtown development, I’d like to make sure that everyone who had something to give was given something in return. There are other ways to help people without any skill or vision, but to those who do have it, I think we’d do well to give them a relationship that will navigate and open doors, regardless of class or present standing. If a city can leverage every asset it contains, regardless of where that asset comes from, I think we’ll discovery a pretty rich and thriving culture… and economy.