Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

Making a difference: the hidden poor of Appalachia Comments 0

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Tony Magliano

Back in the mid-1980s, I was working as a director of religious education at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in western Maryland. That part of Maryland, like parts of 12 other U.S. eastern states – from Alabama to New York, and all of West Virginia – is part of the Appalachian Mountain region. In those days, Read more

Salvation Army marks 500,000th free loaf with celebration Comments 0

Friday, June 26th, 2015

A food company marked the 500,000th loaf of free bread delivered to Salvation Army food banks with a celebration in Lower Hutt. The Goodman Fielder Cares Trust has provided baked bread for 10 Salvation Army food banks around the country for about the last six years. That is enough bread to stretch from Wellington to Read more

Church volunteers make a big impact Comments 0

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Josephine was facing a cold, wet winter with no glass in the windows of her home. That was until City Impact Church volunteers heard about her situation. The home the Otara woman shares with her daughter and baby granddaughter has been in the family for decades but was badly in need of repair. Continue reading

Things may be not as rosy as they say in godzone Comments 0

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
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Things may not be as rosy as they say in God’s own country. A Canterbury Community Law (CCL) investigation, which looked at access to justice for beneficiaries, says beneficiaries felt they were treated as “non-humans” by Work and Income – not even allowed access to toilets during lengthy waits at offices. “Beneficiaries are uniformly scared stiff Read more

Homeless man gives money away Comments 0

Friday, May 15th, 2015

In a social experiment, YouTuber Yousef Saleh Erakat posed as a homeless man and tried to give out money to passers-by. The reactions to his generosity in this five-minute video are shockingly negative. One man in a suit and talking on a cell phone is offered money by the actor. He responds aggressively, swearing at Read more

Liberation Theology father likes ‘atmosphere’ under Francis Comments 0

Friday, May 15th, 2015
Gustavo Gutierrez resized

One of the founding fathers of Liberation Theology has acknowledged a clear “change in atmosphere” in the Church under Pope Francis. Fr Gustavo Gutiérrez said that with Francis it’s easier to push the global Church to have a special concern for the poor, “something we find in the Scriptures”. But the Peruvian theologian said there Read more

Salvation Army rejects buying state houses Comments 0

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The Salvation Army has decided against buying state houses off the Government, a blow the Labour Party says is “hugely embarrassing”. The decision came after a study to test its capacity to become a major social housing landlord. Prime Minister John Key confirmed earlier plans to go through the transfer in January. The plan is Read more

Shoe clinic donates shoes to the Wellington City Mission. Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

More than 250 of Wellington’s most needy will have warm, dry feet this winter, thanks to a donation by Shoe Clinic to the Wellington City Mission. The shoes are nearly new, as they have been returned to Shoe Clinic under the store’s 30-day guarantee, and cannot be resold. This is the second year the Shoe Read more

Reducing expenditure by 1 Billion will hurt the vulnerable Comments 0

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Reducing expenditure by $1 billion per year for the next two years will limit the Government’s ability to make much-needed social investment in areas such as housing and family poverty, says Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand in a written submission to Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Select Committee. Caritas Director Julianne Hickey says the agency supports the Read more

St Francis Trust to offer interest-free loans Comments 2

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
St Francis Trust - Poverty in New Zealand

Supporting people to become financially independent is behind an initiative to provide Dunedin people with interest-free loans. The St Francis of Assisi Dunedin Trust has been formed to provide micro-loans to people in need of a helping hand, especially in a crisis situation. The initiative by a small group of Dunedin Catholics, was prompted by The Expert Advisory Read more