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Christopher Jencks

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How widespread is homelessness, how did it happen, and what can be done about it? These are the questions explored by Christopher Jencks, America's foremost analyst of social problems. Jencks examines the standard explanations and finds that the deinstutionalization of the mentally ill, the invention of crack cocaine, rising joblessness among men, declining marriage rates, cuts in welfare benefits, and the destruction of skid row have all played a role. Changes in the housing market have had less impact than many claim, however, and real federal housing subsidies actually doubled during the 1980's. Finally, Jencks proposes several, practical approaches to helping the homeless.

Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the HeartFind Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart
Becca Stevens
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Not Just a One-Night Stand: Ministry with the HomelessNot Just a One-Night Stand: Ministry with the Homeless
John Flowers, Karen Vannoy
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Every church and each Christian disciple can find a variety of channels through which you can minister to those who are homeless. Flowers and Vannoy explore the major differences between ministry for persons who happen to be homeless versus ministries with. The authors provide experiential anecdotes and reflect on ways in which you can minister with homeless persons. This book becomes a word from one companion to another rather than a guilt-inducing text on social action.

Shadow Women: Homeless Women's Survival  StoriesShadow Women: Homeless Women's Survival Stories
Marjorie Bard
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Since 1975, Dr. Marjorie Bard has listened to the homeless--especially homeless women. They have told her their stories despite threats of retaliation and begged her to bring their problems and the social injustice that underlies these problems to the attention of all who would listen, and those who deny any problem exists. Out of these encounters, as well as Dr. Bard's own experience of homelessness, emerges Shadow Women.
This book also describes being "at risk": a paycheck, widowhood, or unfair divorce settlement away from sleeping in a car, living in malls and parks, "dining" in grocery storyes. And Shadow Women is about hope--hope through awareness, participation, and innovation: awareness by individuals and communities of those hidden in the shadows; the participation of those with the problem and those aware of the problem in grassroots organizing for relief; and innovative strategies, gleaned largely from the experiences and ideas of homeless women, for restructuring aid, networks, systems, and beliefs.

Finding Our Way Home: Addictions and Divine LoveFinding Our Way Home: Addictions and Divine Love
Killian Noe
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These stories describe the radical journey of creating a life with purpose, hope, and belonging. In Finding Our Way Home Killian Noe draws from her experience as co-founder and program director at Samaritan Inns, an organization serving addicted and homeless men and women. Reading these stories can lead you to awareness of your own addictions and divine love, a journey that can lead you home.



My 30 Days Under the Overpass: Not Your Ordinary DevotionalMy 30 Days Under the Overpass: Not Your Ordinary Devotional
Mike Yankoski
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Imagine living on the streets with no food except from a soup kitchen, and no shelter besides a highway overpass. Christian college students Mike and Sam did just that---and what they learned will forever change your attitude toward the homeless. In this life-changing 30-day devotional, they share stories, Scriptures, photos, and life-application challenges. Approx. 170 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

Trolls & Truth: 14 Realities about Today's Church that We Don't Want to SeeTrolls & Truth: 14 Realities about Today's Church that We Don't Want to See
Jimmy Dorrell
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The power of the gospel is revealed through a local church of homeless people, college students, and middle-class Christians who meet beneath the noise of 18-wheelers and rushing traffic under an interstate bridge in Waco, Texas, and brings a wake-up call for today's American church.

Jimmy Dorrell is co-founder and Executive Director of Mission Waco. He grew up in Conroe, Texas and came to Waco in 1968 to attend Baylor University where he majored in religion and received a BA in 1972. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an M.Div. in 1978 and received his M.A. in Environmental Studies from Baylor in 1993. In 2001 he received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Dorrell is pastor of Church Under the Bridge and also teaches classes at Baylor University and Truett Seminary in Waco.

After receiving his degree from seminary in 1978, he and his wife Janet moved into the North Waco neighborhood where they began their call to incarnational ministry, to live among the poor and help bring "good news" through relationships and empowerment opportunities. His passion for the poor and mobilizing the middle-class to become involved in the lives of the poor became the strategy for Mission Waco that continues today.

Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of AmericaUnder the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America
Mike Yankoski
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Why did Mike Yankoski choose to go from upper-middle class to repulsive overnight? Needing to know if his faith in God was genuinely apart from a comfortable existence, Mike and his traveling companion, Sam, became citizens of a foreign land: homeless America. Learn how it became a passport to the unknown and a supreme test of their faith.

We Rode Orphan TrainsWe Rode Orphan Trains
Andrea Warren
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They were "throwaway" kids, living on the streets or in orphanages and foster homes. Then Charles Loring Brace, a young minister in New York City, started the Children's Aid Society and devised a plan to give these homeless waifs a chance at finding families they could call their own. Thus began an extraordinary migration of American children. Between 1854 and 1929, an estimated 200,000 children ventured forth on a journey of hope. Here, in the sequel to Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story," Andrea Warren introduces nine men and women who rode the trains and helped make history so many years ago.

Got The Time?: A Search for Hope amidst HomelessnessGot The Time?: A Search for Hope amidst Homelessness
Lori Gonzalez
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Lori Gonzalez---author, homemaker and mother of three---took time out of her hectic schedule one evening to "dish up the gravy" at a Los Angeles area homeless shelter.

What began as a simple act of serving food to the homeless became a passion as Lori Gonzalez began to get involved in the lives of those who live on the edge of society, In Got the Time?, you'll meet many of the homeless people, hear their stories, and walk with them as they attempt to get on with their lives---either within the conventions of society or seemingly divorced from it entirely.

You'll discover that Got the Time? has a double meaning. It's a question homeless people often ask, which seems ironic since all they have is time on their hands. For those who might feel a tugging at their hearts whenever they encounter the homeless, it's a simple plea. Will you take some time out of your busy schedule to help? For churches, it's fulfilling one of God's greatest commands---to do for "the least of our brethren."

God in the AlleyGod in the Alley
Greg Paul
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Sam has survived physical, sexual, and substance abuse, terrible violence, and life on the streets. Wendy lives for the next high on crack, oblivious to her boyfriend's love. Neil is dying of AIDS.

These are the people of inner-city Toronto. Look into their distorted, obscure faces, their fractured lives, and catch a glimpse of the sublime. Greg Paul calls them tragic heroes---individuals who can offer a testament to God's love and mercy.

With emotional depth and spiritual intensity, Greg's compelling stories reveal that people with desperate lives have precious lessons to teach us about the character of God. God in the Alley offers a profound message of grace and calling that each one of us needs to hear.

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