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Homelessness Continues to Affect College Students
Increased Number of Older Americans Plunge into Poverty
Data from a Census Bureau report reveals poverty among older Americans is rising, according to a report in Business Insider.
Individuals age 65 and older had the unique distinction of being the only population segment to experience a significant increase in the number of individuals in poverty, with 367,000 more older Americans in poverty in 2016.
Part of the trend can be explained by the aging of Baby Boomers. But that doesn't tell the whole story. Issues such as inadequate safety nets, elevated healthcare costs, and longer lifespans are also playing a role. In addition, Americans 65 and older were the only demographic group where the proportion of people with income below 50 percent of their poverty threshold—a key measure known as the supplemental poverty rate—increased, to 3.3 percent in 2016 from 2.8 percent the year prior.
Homeless Shelter Demand Rises in Ontario
According to a report by CBC News, more people are accessing shelters in Ontario than they were five years ago; however, with more facilities closing their doors, the remaining shelters are overflowing.
In 2016, the province had 310 shelters in operation, 30 less than in 2011, according to Statistics Canada. The closures amounted to the loss of an estimated 1,000 shelter beds, a sizable chunk compared to the now existing 11,000 beds. The Canadian federal government says shelters are operating at 90 percent capacity. During the 2016 census, 8,780 people in Ontario declared a shelter as their primary residence, a 10 percent increase from 7,960 individuals in 2011, something shelter directors say is worrisome.
Lack of Food Remains a Danger for American Seniors
A significant number of older Americans are at risk of hunger, and malnourishment according to a Deseret News report.
Those facing the threat of hunger dropped a statistically significant 1 percentage point between 2014 and 2015. However, it's still roughly 9.8 million seniors 60 and older, or 14.7 percent of that age demographic.
The study credits an improving economy and financial markets for the small decrease, but they wrote that millions of seniors in the United States are going without enough food due to economic constraints. And they note that programs designed to help people get adequate food are not reaching all the senior adults who need them. For example, while 80 percent overall of low-income households that qualify are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), only 40 percent of eligible low-income seniors are enrolled. Many older Americans don't know about the SNAP program, formerly called food stamps, according to surveys.
The following job positions are currently open at AGRM member missions. Please visit www.agrm.org/careers to view full descriptions and to apply. Click here for instructions on using AGRM's Recruiting Center to post open positions for your mission.
Care Support Specialist: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Chief Financial Officer: Jericho Road Ministries, Inc., Brooksville, FL
Client Support Specialist: Raleigh Rescue Mission, Raleigh, NC
Cook: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Development Associate: The Path of Citrus County, Beverly Hills, FL
Development Director: Waterfront Rescue Mission, Inc., Pensacola, FL
Development Director: Jubilee Ministries, Inc., Lebanon, PA
Development Director: Home of Grace, Vancleave, MS
Development Officer: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Director of Development: Rockford Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc., Rockford, IL
Director of Development & Community Relations: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Director of Major Gifts: Waterfront Rescue Mission, Inc., Pensacola, FL
Driver, Food Pantry & Distribution Center: Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond, CA
Executive Director: Outreach Gospel Mission, Brookings, OR
Faith Community Nurse - Guest Services: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Food and Beverage Driver: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA
Grant Writer: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA
Guest Services Assistant - Women's Shelter: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Health and Wellness Center Manager: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA
Human Resources and Volunteer Coordinator: Jubilee Ministries, Inc., Lebanon, PA
Kitchen Supervisor at Women's Recovery Center: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA
Major Donor Representative: Union Rescue Mission, Los Angeles, CA
Major Gifts Officer: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Major Gifts Officer, The City Mission, Cleveland, OH
Overnight Supervisor: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI
Program Manager Transitional Housing Manager: Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO
Recovery Program Coordinator: Westminster Rescue Mission, Westminster, MD
Resident Advisors: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI
Resident Assistant, Center for Women & Children: Bay Area Rescue Mission, Richmond, CA
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Shelter Desk Manager: Jericho Road Ministries, Inc., Brooksville, FL
Sous Chef: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Thrift Store Manager: Jubilee Ministries, Inc., Lebanon, PA
Transportation Specialist: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA
Women's New Life Recovery Program Case Manager: Good News Rescue Mission, Redding, CA
Women's Recovery Counselor: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA
Jesus, Teach Us to Pray
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1).
As God, Jesus was prayed to. Yet as a man, He prayed. In today’s verse, the disciples ask Him how to pray. In fact, Luke’s gospel displays this time and again, for instance:
- At His baptism, He was praying (Luke 3:21).
- He withdrew into a desolate place to pray (Luke 5:16).
- He went to a mountain and prayed the night through (Luke 6:12).
- Again, He prayed alone (Luke 9:18).
- And upon another mountain journey He prayed and was transfigured (Luke 9:28–29).
It makes sense for one of His disciples to inquire: “Lord, teach us to pray.”
With Jesus, the man who is God, standing before him the man didn’t ask, “Lord, teach us to work miracles,” or, “Jesus, teach us to preach with authority!”
These are great things. But they’re not the primary markers of men and women who know God.
Here we can learn the true place of prayer. It’s the place from which every part of Christian living and ministry should flow.
Jesus’ intimacy with the Father is seen especially when He said He “spoke just as the Father taught me” (John 8:28). He and the Father are still one (John 10:30), yet Jesus still thought prayer a noble use of a night.
Through this the disciples understood that prayer was more than an act of religion, but the very thing from which God empowers men to work His will.
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