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Things Are Getting Better with the Denver Day Works Program

Since the city of Denver launched Day Works at the end of 2016, 284 people have participated over the course of the last year. Now, “110 of the participants (many of whom were homeless) have found long-term work as a result.” Individual attention made a big difference in creating hope and positive attitudes needed for employment.

I found this story at the Good News Network.

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/denver-hired-homeless-people-perform-day-labor-city-100-landed-regular-jobs/

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WATWB: Book Club for Minority Boys Takes Off

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When school administrators found a book about real life, the students at this Washington high school got into reading. They formed a book club that meets  once or twice a week at  8:15 in the morning. The students are enthusiastic and have started their second book.“They are now seeing that reading is amazing…” says the vice principle in charge of literacy. I commend not only the school administrators for thinking outside the box and supporting the students, but also the students for supporting each other.

This hopeful article in The Washington Post tells more about how it happened and why this book club is going strong. Now, there’s a girl’s book club at the school, too.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/these-kids-started-a-book-club-for-minority-boys-its-the-most-popular-one-in-school/2018/01/21/c15620e2-fc6d-11e7-ad8c-ecbb62019393_story.html?utm_term=.4792678287de

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This post is part of We Are The World Blogfest sharing stories that show love, humanity, and brotherhood but go beyond religion and politics. This month We Are The World is co-hosted by:  Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, Damyanti Biswas and Guilie Castillo.  Click on the WATWB link to read more or join in.


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Muslim volunteers help so Christians can attend Church on Christmas Eve

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Salem United Church of Christ normally provides meals and shelter every Sunday night for homeless women and children. But since Christmas eve was on a Sunday, they didn’t know how they’d be able to attend Christmas Eve church and meet their usual rotation in the BEDS plus homeless program. When the pastor shared this dilemma with an interfaith association, Karen Danielson, of the Bridgeview Mosque Foundation offered the services of Muslim volunteers.

This story demonstrates one more example of how we are stronger together:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-muslims-help-christians-christmas-eve-st-1224-20171221-story.html


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No Sides, Only Love

Suicide is the leading cause of death for young people in Utah. Too many young people have died, both in body and in spirit, as a result of being marginalized, hated, and abused. “Encircle” is a resource center, a safe haven, for LGBTQ youth and their parents started by a Mormon mom in Provo, Utah. After watching videos about the program, I feel tremendous admiration for those who had the courage to open its doors with the motto: No sides, Only love.  It’s not always easy to lead with only love. But programs like Encircle and its people give me great hope.

 

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Reaching Out to Newbies and Loners

Since my dad was in the Marine Corps, we moved around a lot. I went to kindergarten in Newfoundland, Canada, attended elementary school at Camp Pendelton, California, then on to the Philadelphia naval base followed by Michigan, New York, and Quantico, Virginia when Dad was in Vietnam. His final assignment was to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he retired from the Corps. Then, I went to a civilian school a short distance away which seemed almost like going to another country.

You’d think I would have gotten used to being the new kid in school, and I did learn to adapt, but it was always hard. Wondering who I’d sit with at lunch was always awkward at first. Being naturally shy, I learned to depend on myself for company when necessary. But sometimes, students reached out to me in friendship giving me the confidence to eventually reach out to others. Maybe that’s why I was moved by this news story about a student who started a club to reach out to newbies and loners.

Do you remember being the new kid? What helped?

 

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