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DC Forum Schedule and Registration Goes Live Monday
Speaking of government affairs, Citygate Network’s annual event for members in Washington, D.C., is March 9–11. We’ve been doing this for the past eight years—and none have been more important to attend than this one! There are several reasons for that, including new appointments to key positions, a change in direction for some major government programs, some brand-new proposals, and an upcoming national election. HUD Secretary Ben Carson, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Director Robert Marbut, White House Faith-Based and Opportunity Initiatives Special Advisor Paula White, and many others are scheduled to be with us. If you’re interested in knowing what’s going on behind the scenes in government—and how it will affect what you do—you need to be there, too. Watch your inbox for a special reminder on Monday.
Exhibitor Registration Opens This Week
ATTENTION BUSINESS PARTNERS: Later this week you will be receiving information on exhibit and sponsorship opportunities for Citygate Network’s Annual Conference and Exposition in San Antonio, Texas.
Be on the lookout for an email packed with detailed information and links to the conference registration site. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek.
Formerly Homeless Pro Athlete Gives Back
ESPN reports that Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs—who experienced stints of homelessness as a child in Tulsa, Oklahoma—just bought his dad a house after completing his first year in the NFL. A leading candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year, Jacobs and his four siblings occasionally lived out of their car with their father. This young man’s journey from homelessness to high school success in Alabama, followed by a first-round selection by the Raiders in the NFL draft was documented in an ESPN SportsCenter featured piece in the spring of 2019. "Sleeping in the car, I always look back on it," Jacobs said. "It's always going to be something that molded me into who I am. It might have been rough, but, I mean, it's my life."
Consider: When formerly homeless people attain success, it sets an inspiring example for those stuck in desperate circumstances to realize that transformation and change is possible. Never stop telling their stories.
National Pharmacy Chain Developing Partnerships with Faith-based Organizations
A Religious Freedom and Business Foundation article reported that CVS has announced a Faith Colleague Resource Group (CRG) for “better health by building awareness and educating about religious diversity, increasing employee engagement by demonstrating the value of diversity, and supporting faith-based partnership opportunities that advance enterprise growth initiatives.” According to Olivia Lang, director of workforce initiatives for CVS Health, this outstanding initiative started from a conversation between CVS Health and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Churches in an attempt to identify their shared mission of breaking the cycle of poverty and assisting those in challenging situations who are not capable of accessing the healthcare system.
Consider: Collaborations like this give faith-based organizations and ministries opportunities to expand their reach and influence in communities around the country. Explore your eligibility to be part of the CRG or something similar.
Disability Certification Forms Should Not be Purchased Online
The Fair Housing Act (FHA) prohibits housing providers from discriminating against disabled persons by refusing to provide reasonable accommodations or making reasonable modifications to their properties in order to approve the disabled for housing. Generally, those requesting accommodations provide a letter from a doctor, therapist, or other mental health provider explaining the need for special dispensation. According to a HUD letter to the FHA, housing providers need to be aware of requesting unreliable and unnecessary documentation and warned the FTC to take a closer look. Letters should not be initiated from an online questionnaire or brief telephone call in order to provide reliable verification and personal knowledge of a disability.
Census 2020 Needs Your Participation
The NonProfit Quarterly is advocating for nonprofits around the country to step up and help ensure a greater accuracy for the upcoming U.S. Census. Surveys will hit mailboxes beginning April 1, 2020, and a lot rides on getting the numbers right. States fear funding cuts if their numbers are underreported, because each individual who is not counted decreases the amount of funding they receive, resulting in resources being spread thin. Shelters and similar organizations have been asked to help the government get the numbers as exact as possible to facilitate accurate assessments of transient populations. The government believes the trust that nonprofits have built up in their communities will be beneficial to the effort.
Consider: Citygate Network has been working with the Census 2020 team to facilitate communication with organizations like the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, and Catholic Charities. Many programs and policies rely on these numbers.
New Insights Found to Understand Addiction
According to a new article published by Science Daily, researchers at Harvard University have gained fresh understanding about addictions based on a study of more than 10,000 people over a 20-year span. Evidently, sadness plays an especially strong role in triggering addictive behavior. Four different studies concluded that sadness, more than other negative emotions, seemed to increase people’s cravings to engage in addictive behaviors. The research could have useful public policy implications, as well as influence recovery and rehab approaches.
Consider: Do you consider your mission or ministry a “happy place”? Talk about this in your next staff meeting.
Admin Assistant for Student Services (from Home), City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Business Director, Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, Indio, CA
Camp Bennett Maintenance Manager, Central Union Mission
Camp Director, Central Union Mission
Care Support Specialist, Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Chief Administration Officer, Rockford Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc., Rockford, IL
Chief Executive Officer, LifePath Christian Ministries, York, PA
Controller, Light of Life, Pittsburgh, PA
Cook, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Development Director, Home of Grace, Vancleave, MS
Development Manager, Bread of Life Mission, Seattle, WA
Director of Administration, Lexington Rescue Mission, Lexington, KY
Director of Development, City Mission of Schenectady, Schenectady, NY
Director of Men's Shelter Services, Union Gospel Mission, Spokane, WA
Director of Operations, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY
Distribution Center Assistant, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Driver, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Executive Director, The City Mission of Findley, OH, Findley, OH
Executive Director, Fairhaven Rescue Mission, Covington, KY
Executive Director, Geauga Faith Rescue Mission, Chardon, OH
Guest Services Associate (FT, PT, On-call), Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Human Resource Manager, Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, Indio, CA
Major Gift Officer, The City Mission, Cleveland, OH
Major Gifts Officer, Union Rescue Mission, Wichita, KS
Nonprofit Management Department Chair (online), City Vision University, Kansas City, MO
Outreach Specialist (Mental Health), Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Part-Time Counselor (Youth-Focused), Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
Program Administrator - Bridge Street Mission, Bridge Street Mission, Inc., Wausau, WI
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility, Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Safety Coordinator, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Shelter Supervisor, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Safety Team, Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Social Work/Clinical Manager, Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO
Vice President of Development, Career Cross Training, Colorado Springs, CO
Vocational Training Manager, Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, Shreveport, LA
Welcome Center Supervisor, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
The compacted crowd in Luke 8 would have made a claustrophobic hyperventilate. Despite the congestion, a woman with a chronic condition wormed her way through the throng and reached her intended target: the garment of a rabbi whose authority was to be her remedy. Instantly, he felt a discharge of power. Immediately, she felt years of hemorrhaging and hardship end.
The story of the afflicted woman is certainly one of faith and determination. But it goes deeper. Knowing what we do about her condition, and factoring in Jewish law, we likely have the saga of a woman who suffered in silence, living more than a decade in a culture that would have considered her unclean.
In this life we will have suffering, be it related to physical pain or mental anguish. It’s hard enough to endure when you have friends to fall back on, but suffering solo amplifies the agony. We need to cast our cares on Christ, but we also need to be in community where we can seek solace and share the hurts of our heart. Ephesians describes this as “bearing with one another in love.”
I find it interesting that Jesus did not let the woman be cured incognito. He called her out from the crowd so she could tell her story. I’d like to think that she was quickly surrounded by peers with whom she could lose her cares and find her voice.
Christians should never suffer in silence—or allow others to do so.
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.
—Ephesians 4:2 (NLT)
Written by John Ashmen, Citygate Network, and previously published in a M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust devotional book.
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