Promise the Children advocates should press their federal legislators to fund WIC adequately so as to support all eligible mothers and children. We urge volunteer advocates to call or write their legislators and thank them for their support in the past and continue in the future. Promise the Children sponsored a forum north of Boston about ending homelessness and invited a young pregnant mother with a four-year old child to speak about her experience. A single mom, Jane (a pen name) read more…
In Massachusetts, our Governor Patrick may sign a 3 strikes bill, without considering amendments made in several other states, because mandatory life sentencing is expensive and does not increase public safety. Call the Governor today (617-725-4005) and tell him “don’t sign this bill”. A disproportionate number of prisoners in our U.S.A. jails are people of color who have committed minor crimes and sometimes no crime at all. Perhaps they are of Hispanic or African American decent. The cost of their read more…
If you will attend the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in Providence at the end of June, 2014, please join Promise the Children on Sunday, June 29th for breakfast and a program from 8:30 – 10:00 am at Providence Courtyard by Marriott across from the Providence RI Convention Center. Our program will focus on the 50 year old War on Poverty and show that fair funding of programs that support poor children have been effective in alleviating poverty and providing a read more…
Here is an account of father-daughter love posted on the May 2nd page of ted.npr.org. Happily there is a kind Sheriff in Richmond County, VA. He believes that when family members are welcomed into jails, and reinforce their relationship with their imprisoned family member, there is less chance of recidivism. He wants people to stay out of jail. Sometime ago, a large number of teen-aged girls, supported by their organization, Girls for a Change, wrote the Sheriff and asked if read more…
President Johnson initiated the war on poverty 50 years ago, but we have fallen into a war on the poor. We do not see that low-income working families and individuals are not paid enough to afford adequate food and market housing. Voters do not understand that subsidized food and housing, and full day preschool and grade school are essential for low-salaried families and individuals, who face homelessness and abject poverty without them.
In New Orleans and Boston, as well as other cities and rural areas in the country, there are 1.6 million young people, most aged 16 to 24, and some as young as 14, who are living on their own without the supervision of an adult. These young people are referred to as “Unaccompanied Youth,” and they may live in parks, cars, hallways or hidden on the street, or undeveloped areas. In addition, there are perhaps as many or more than 10,000 unaccompanied and undocumented youth in US detention centers that are not necessarily oriented to children. Some have families here in the U.S. whom they wish to join. Many come to escape the violence they experienced in their communities in Central and South America. These children are caught while crossing our borders.
New Orleans is a small, and very lively city with narrow streets and side walks where everybody is in close contact. There are the usual families, dog walkers, strollers, mothers pushing baby carriages, and working people. Some streets are lively with lots of talented musicians, magicians and gymnasts. These people pay a fee to the city for space to perform, and the streets are blocked from traffic for them. Many of them attract a good crowd and are paid well for skilled entertainment.
In addition, there are unskilled people who attempt to attract attention and spare change. Some are playing string instruments, singing, dancing or sadly, shouting out to no one in particular. These are people who are extremely poor and need spare change. Perhaps they need a drink or drugs, but just as likely they need soap, toothpaste, quarters for the laundry, and a cup of coffee, or spare change to communicate with family or friends.
Homelessness is a result of extreme poverty and lack of housing. No full-time minimum wage job is sufficient to pay for market rate housing. Because of this, many millions of families are on the edge of homelessness. 6 million more units of subsidized housing are needed to meet the present need.
Typically, a mother in her late twenties with two children, and
single mothers make up 84% of families experiencing homelessness.
Children in 42% homeless families are less than 6 years old, and
families experience higher rates of separation of family members to fin housing than those living at home.
More than half of homeless mothers dropped out of high school.
A Reminder – Promise the Children is a Unitarian Universalist – related organization that works to mobilize individuals and churches and to raise awareness of the need to advocate for children’s programs, particularly those that serve the most vulnerable. This reminder is written by Joshua Leach, a second year Master of Divinity student at Harvard Divinity School who is currently serving as a ministerial intern with Promise the Children UU.
How wealthy do people have to be? There is a huge cost to making profits out of salaries that are too low to pay the cost of living. Companies paying minimum wage of $7.25/hour, also offer part-time work so they don’t have to pay for vacations, sick time, and medical care. These companies rely on public welfare, paid by the taxpayer. to fund housing vouchers, health care and food stamps and more.
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