BUILDING A BETTER
Restoring Dignity & Hope
Our nation’s current safety-net system has helped millions of people and prevented them from falling into abject poverty, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. But more money and more aid doesn’t always lead to the outcomes we desire for our neighbors.
We want to give people the opportunity to move out of poverty and to experience the dignity of work and a job well done.
We believe there is a better way to solve the issue of generational poverty, one that is grown in our homes, neighborhoods, and local communities. It is this community-driven approach to poverty alleviation that creates true human flourishing. It views the problem of poverty as more than a material one. It taps into the human spirit, expands human dignity, and unleashes human potential.
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We believe that each individual has inherent dignity. We believe that “dignity” includes the capacity for developing interconnected relationships and exerting agency through the development of one’s own gifts.
It’s in our homes and neighborhoods where lives are formed, where we learn to love, trust, and live in community. And when things go wrong, it’s in those same homes and neighborhoods where lives are transformed.
While well-intentioned, the safety-net often turns into a snare net. For sure, it keeps many Americans from destitution, but through a complex web of rules that rob people of opportunity, it also often keeps them from rising above their circumstances. It makes poverty tolerable but not escapable. The safety net should catch those who are falling, but it should also set people back on their feet, on a pathway to dignity and human flourishing.
PROMOTING POLICIES THAT
Expand availability of skilled jobs and careers.
Move our neighbors from dependency to human flourishing.
Open doors to re-entry for ex-offenders.