Shaun Smith

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It's time to bring relief to the homeless in L.A.

It's too soon to know exactly what happened on the skid row street where a homeless man was shot to death Sunday by officers from the LAPD.<p>It will take months for police officials to, as they say, "get to the bottom of this." And that bottom is likely to be so murky and haunted by suspicion that …

Actor's curbside library is a smash — for most people

Peter Cook used to make lots of trips to the Palms Library to donate books, but then he got a better idea. He'd seen little homemade lending libraries in yards here and there and decided to make his own.<p>"I love working with wood and have a two-dollar theory that most actors have no control over …

Homeless man's garden of hope blooms on L.A. median

Los Angeles has so many scruffy, unmanicured median and parkway strips that I've thought about having a contest to name the ugliest.<p>But there's a median in Atwater Village that draws attention for another reason: It's not an eyesore, it's really nice, with constant improvements such as rock and …

Bootstraps and Safety Nets: Some thoughts on generational poverty in America

Union Rescue Mission - Helping People in LA Overcome Homelessness

Retweeted Kōkua Water Bottles<p>RT @URM: Do you follow @WorthyofLoveLA? Each month, they throw a HUGE birthday party with a special guest on the ro… …

Mountain Biking

Faith-based Charitable Organization

Residential Programs<p>The Dream Center offers residential programs that are designed to assist those in need by not only addressing the immediate needs …

St. Francis Center Volunteer Opportunities Los Angeles

ABOUT ST. FRANCIS CENTER LOS ANGELES<p>Since 1972, St. Francis Center has provided relief and support to homeless and extremely low-income individuals …

Step into the light

On patrol with Skid Row's 'angel cop'

<b>Los Angeles (CNN) —</b> Somebody else might walk by without looking at the painfully thin crackhead curled on the sidewalk in the fetal position. Or nudge her with a foot.<p>Not Deon Joseph.<p>This muscular black man with arms thick as hams leans over and gently shakes the woman's bony shoulder. He wants to …

The Church & Extreme Poverty

"Make Poverty History!" "End Poverty Now!"Sounds a lot like “Save the Planet,” “Save the Rainforest,” “Save the Whales” and “Free Tibet.” Those who …

Skid Row Is Here to Stay

On a sunny autumn day in Los Angeles, more than a hundred people gather at Gladys Street Park, located at the heart of Downtown’s Skid Row. This …

Youth Version

<b>Romans 12:3 says, “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think</b> …

What No One Tells You About Going on Mission Trips

If you were to ask a cross section of long-term missionaries and people who have been on mission trips what you needed to know before traveling …

If I Serve You, Will You Like Me?

There are two basic types of dysfunction for those wanting to serve others in ministry–the narcissist and the co-dependent.<p>There are two basic types …

You Can't Care About Every Issue

Scrolling through your social media newsfeeds these days can be a stressful experience.<p>Creeping up between pictures of your dinner plate and cute …

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The Wrong Way to Approach the Poor

A few attitudes to get rid of before we attempt to help.There is a heartening development within the mainstream Church of late: people are starting …

The End of Charity: How Christians are (not) to 'Remember the Poor'

"They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor, which was actually what I was eager to do" (Galatians 2: 10). I begin with Paul's report of …

Church Group Members Threatened With Arrest for Handing Out Biscuits, Coffee to the Homeless

A North Carolina church group said they were prevented from handing out food to the homeless after police threatened them with arrest, according to …

"So I Go" Spoken Word - The World Race Mission Trip

Rethinking Mission Trips

On one hand, the day was a complete success.<p>Despite the no-show of the packing mules we had been promised, every person on our team of Paceñan …

The Miseducation of Missions

What do you envision when you think of missions or a missionary? Typically, a group of Christians will answer, “evangelism,” “revivals,” or sometimes …

Is Missions About Words or Deeds?

I really enjoyed a column by Brad Greenberg (of The God Blog) a few weeks back in the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>‘s “Houses of Worship” column. The piece, …

Portland boy trying to sack hunger in Portland with PB&Js

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -<p>Kadin Adam, 10, doesn't just play football, he lives it.<p>As a quarterback on a Parkrose Youth Football team, there's always been …

How to Make Missions Trips More Effective

You know what’s right in the world? Young adults are understanding the words of Jesus to “go and make disciples” to mean spending their time and …

The Most Bible-Minded Cities in America

Chattanooga, Tenn., is the most Bible-minded city in the U.S., according to American Bible Society’s fourth annual America’s Top Bible-Minded Cities …

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Opinion: The most unequal place in America - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: John D. Sutter is a columnist for CNN Opinion and head of CNN's Change the List project. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. E-mail him at ctl@cnn.com.</i><p><b>Lake Providence, Louisiana (CNN)</b> -- Delores Gilmore used to have a dream.<p>The 44-year-old overnight prison guard grew up on …

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