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Enjoy the extended list of Citygate Network stories

Mission Chef Job Training Program Pays it Forward

Ric Watson began working as a dishwasher as a teenager, battling addiction, and living on the street, when someone gave him a chance.
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From Homelessness to the House of Representatives

You never know how someone you minister to might be able to rise up and serve because of your investment in their life.
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2020 Thanksgiving Greeting

After a year of struggle, it's time to give thanks.
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Citygate Network 2020 Election Results

After holding district elections for Bluegrass, Deep South, and Great Lakes, we are pleased to announce new officers.
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Vancouver Explores Cash Payments to Homeless Adults

The study results were “beautifully surprising” and could defy assumptions that homeless people cannot be trusted to manage money.
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CDC Guidance Regarding Ventilation in Homeless Shelters

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently provided updated guidance for homeless service providers as we continue to combat COVID-19.
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Serving in Unsettling Times

This article is not simply an alarmist outlook, but rather a realistic perspective on ministry in a time of instability. Allow it to set the stage for important theoretical discussions with your staff and board.
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Teaching Children to Stand Up Against Racism

In the wake of the national reckoning on race, "Sesame Street" is teaching children to stand up against racism.
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Numbers of Homeless Elderly Expected to Increase

Experts are projecting that in the next 10 years, the number of elderly people experiencing homelessness could nearly triple, as a wave of late baby boomers ages.
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Directory of COVID-19 Supplemental Resources

Get help navigating the federal programs funded by the COVID-19 supplemental appropriations.
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USICH Releases New Plan to Address U.S. Homelessness

In the past five years, unsheltered homelessness has increased by 20.5 percent. In the same timeframe, the number of year-round beds available has risen 42.7 percent. Despite the "housing-first" mindset, people are still homeless. Discover the USICH plan released on October 19, 2020, here.
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Tips to Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

The CDC, EPA, and other organizations are ready to help you survive during this current crisis. Below are helpful links to equip you as you care for your homeless neighbors.
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Numbers Count

The goal for data isn’t to reduce transformational work into numbers; the goal is to provide waypoints to inform ministry, influence policy, gain public trust, and attract partners.
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2020 Wildfires Threaten California Members

Currently, a number of Citygate Network member ministries are under the threat of active fires. Please pray as our brothers and sisters, already tired becasue of COVID-19 pandemic related issues.
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USICH Important Update - Seasonal Flu and COVID-19

As we approach the 2020-21 flu season, particular attention needs to be paid to the need for the seasonal flu vaccine, when medically appropriate, and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). It is very important that the local plans be in place to appropriately address the seasonal flu within the community of homelessness and reduce the compounding effects of the seasonal flu and COVID-19.
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COVID-19 Resources to Support Accurate Translation

As the pandemic rages on, language is more important than ever. Non-English-speaking members of the community must be informed about public health guidelines.
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Dawn of a New Kind of Ministry

When COVID-19 became a global pandemic in February, no one could have predicted that one short month later the entire global and national economy and way of human movement would nearly cease overnight.
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New Mental Health Resource Guide From HHS

The Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has just released a new resource: Compassion in Action: A Guide for Faith Communities Serving People Experiencing Mental Illness and their Caregivers.
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Hope in the Darkness

Instigate Cover Article May-Jun 2020
Since its very beginning, the Church at large has been a key player in social justice movements to serve and comfort the “least of these.” But I’ve often wondered why we’ve never seen a movement within the Church that’s focused on mental illness.
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A Measure of Success

Instigate Cover Article Jan/Feb 2020
Great leaders don’t embark on the outcomes journey primarily to satisfy reporting requirements or to win the next grant. They know outcomes are the gateway to fulfilling the mission that compelled them into the difficult but rewarding work that God called them to.
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Marbut Tapped to Head U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

I had breakfast this morning with our friend, Robert Marbut, tapped a week ago by President Trump to head the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and confirmed late yesterday afternoon. We laughed about me being his first "official" appointment. (His next meeting was at the White House.)
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In The Shadows

Instigate Cover Article Nov/Dec 2019
We cannot end youth homelessness without stopping the flow into homelessness. It is clear that our efforts need to shift from a prolonged crisis response to ensuring that each young person’s experience of homelessness is rare, brief, and nonrecurring.
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Wildfires Threaten California Members

Currently a number of Citygate Network member ministries are under the threat of active fires ablaze in California. Please pray as our brothers and sisters hear forecasts for Santa Ana winds kicking up gusts as high as 80 mph to fuel the fires.
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Illness And Homelessness

Instigate Cover Article Sept/Oct 2019
What’s clear is that being homeless increases the count and advancement of chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, and cancer; and those chronic conditions lead to far more deaths than do infectious diseases.
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Fighting Opioid Addiction by Tackling Loneliness

Social isolation isn't just bad for your mood, it can be bad for your health too. Rachel Wurzman, a neuroscientist, says it also contributes to opioid addiction - fueling drug use, relapses, and overdoses.
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Homelessness Decreases in U.S.

More than 550,000 people in the United States are homeless — a solid .17 percent of the entire population. However, the homeless situation was worse 10 years ago.
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Study Finds Child Opioid Overdoses Doubled in 10 Years

A new study following some 1,500 patients found that the number of children admitted to hospitals in the U.S. because of opioid overdose nearly doubled between 2004 and 2015.
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One in Seven New York City Elementary Students Will Be Homeless

Some 100,000 students who attend New York City public schools were homeless during the 2015-2016 school year. That's a number equal to the total population of Albany, New York.
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Study Shows Donor Giving Preferences Are Shifting

A new study released by Community Brands looks at donor experience and expectations, with an aim to help nonprofits assess what their own donors experience and pinpoint where there's room for improvement.
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