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Warming the Feet of Homeless People

After the passing of his wife in 2010, Bob Rutherford searched for a way to give back to his community.

A Generation of Heroin Orphans

Experts point to the heroin and opioid epidemic over the last decade for the rising number of children orphaned and/or essentially abandoned by their parents.

Obesity Increases Among Adults

The United States will not be solving the obesity epidemic anytime soon. Nearly 40 percent of adults and 19 percent of youth are obese, the highest rate the country has ever seen in all adults.

Some Surgeries Create Increased Risk for Opioid Addiction

Needing relief from painful surgeries and over-prescribing by doctors can both be factors in some people’s addictions to opioid pain relievers.

National Grocery Chain Plans to Fight Hunger

One of the nation’s largest grocers last week announced a plan to address what its CEO called the “paradox” of hunger and food waste that is concurrently plaguing American communities.

Problem Drinking Is Growing Fast Among Older Americans

Epidemiologists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism last month announced a jarring trend: Problem drinking is growing fast among older Americans.

Fentanyl Drives Rise in Opioid-Linked Deaths

Fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic, is a key player in America's continuing epidemic of opioid-related overdose deaths. Drug is more powerful than heroin or morphine.

One in Seven New York City Elementary Students Will Be Homeless

Some 100,000 students who attend New York City public schools were homeless during the 2015–2016 school year. That’s a number equal to the total population of Albany, New York.

Loneliness Epidemic Growing into Biggest Threat to Public Health

Loneliness and social isolation could be a greater public health hazard than obesity, and their impact will continue to grow.

Binge Drinking Rates Drop on College Campuses

After years of increases in binge drinking on college campuses, new research shows those rates have now dropped. Unfortunately, the reverse held true for young adults who did not go to college.

Arts Groups Benefit People with Mental Health Conditions

New study finds that participation in arts-based groups—such as those that involve choir singing and creative writing—benefits the emotions of both healthy adults and those experiencing mental health conditions.

Air Pollution Responsible for Higher Death Rates

There is no safe level of air pollution. That’s the finding of a 12-year study that looked at health records from nearly 61 million people on Medicare combined with a databank of pollution readings.

States Investigate Opioid Manufacturers

A broad coalition of state attorneys general from across the country have partnered together on a bipartisan committee to probe the marketing and sales practices of opioid manufacturers. The aim is to investigate what role manufacturers may have played in contributing to the current opioid epidemic.

Volunteer Time Valued at $193 Billion Annually

The value of a volunteer hour was estimated to be $24.14 in 2016, up 2.5 percent from $23.56 the previous year. More than 63 million Americans volunteered about 8 billion hours, which would equate to about $193 billion based on that hourly value.

Older Americans Are Drinking More

Americans over age 60 are drinking more than they were 20 years ago. A study published recently in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research found that regular consumption among older populations is on the rise.

Concentrated Poverty Rises in the U.S.

Concentrated poverty is on the rise in the U.S. again, with the number of neighborhoods where 40 percent or more of the population lives below the federal poverty levels of all races increasing for the first time since the 1990s.

Homeless Teens More Likely to Attempt Suicide

A new report examined the effects of homelessness on teenagers—and found that homeless high school students are more likely than their housed peers to attempt suicide, experience intimate partner violence, and suffer from preventable but serious health issues.

More Choose Therapy Over Medication for Mental Health Treatment

People who seek professional help for mental health conditions are more likely to accept and follow through when talk therapy is prescribed, rather than medication.

Only 1 in 10 Americans Have Biblical Worldview

Only 10 percent of Americans hold a distinctly biblical worldview, even though 46 percent—or nearly 100 million adults in the United States—claim to lead a Christian life.

Learning the Values of Millennial Donors

Reaching out to Millennials—the largest generation in history—is worth your effort, but first you must appreciate their values.

Memorial Service for William (Bill) Thompson

A memorial service to celebrate the life of William (Bill) Thompson will be held Friday, February 24 at 3:00 p.m. CST at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, 4124 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, Texas 75219. Bill, executive director of Union Gospel Mission (Dallas, Texas), served on AGRM’s board of directors, and for many years served as a Certification Consultant for AGRM.

More Fatalities Reported During Widespread Influenza Season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting a significant increase in U.S. influenza activity.

Study Examining Faith-Based Response to Homelessness Presented at National Press Club

An 11-city study showing the reach of faith-based organizations (as opposed to government or government-funded organizations) was presented at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on February 1. Approximately 130 guests—including nonprofit leaders, government officials, and members of the media—attended.

Point-in-Time Count Sheds Light on Canada’s Homeless Population

For the first time, new numbers are showing the depth of the homelessness problem in 28 small and medium-sized Canadian communities, and clarifying the picture in four larger cities.

Homeless New Yorkers Died in Record Numbers Last Year

More homeless New Yorkers died during the last year than any other year since 2006, according to new data from the city’s Department of Homeless Services.

One in 6 Americans Take Antidepressants, Other Psychiatric Drugs

More than 16 percent of Americans take some kind of psychiatric drugs—mostly antidepressants.

New Food-Label Guidelines Aim to Prevent Waste

This past week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released food-labeling guidelines aimed at reducing the amount of good food that gets thrown out because people think it has gone bad.

The High Price of Poverty

Imagine if instead of $4.88 per gallon, your milk suddenly cost $24.40. It hurts, right? Well, that’s how buying everyday necessities can feel for families in poverty.

Majority of Children Live with Two Parents

Most of America’s 73.7 million children under age 18 live in families with two parents. This is compared to other types of living arrangements, such as living with grandparents or having a single parent.

One in Six U.S. Children Are Food Insecure

Eight statistics that put America’s childhood hunger problem into perspective.

An Attitude of Gratitude

Research in the area of gratitude is suggesting that feelings of thankfulness have a positive value in helping people cope with daily stressors at home and at work.

Heroin Substitute “Pink” Banned Under Federal Law

A synthetic drug known as Pink—easily purchased online and implicated in dozens of deadly overdoses—is being banned under federal law.

Cases of Opioid Poisonings Among Toddlers and Teens Up 200 Percent

More than 13,000 children have been poisoned over a six-year period.

U.S. Median Household Income Increases for Third Consecutive Year

Real median household income in the U.S. showed a statistically significant increase between 2014–2015.

New Study Finds Foster Children at Higher Risk for Health Problems

Children in foster care face increased risks of physical and mental health issues, from asthma to ADHD to depression, a new study finds.

Cold and Flu Tracker Provides Real-Time Data

The Weather Company has announced the availability of a new Cold and Flu Tracker that uses cognitive computing technology to provide localized cold and flu activity to consumers.

Hurricane Matthew Hits Florida

Hurricane Matthew is the most powerful storm to threaten the Southeast coast in more than a decade.

More Americans Spending “Golden Years” in Homelessness

Older adults are spending retirement years searching for housing.

Research Shows Believing in God Improves Mental Health

Researchers have found that there is a direct correlation between good mental health and believing in a higher power.

A Job Can Be a Positive Distraction from Addiction

People in recovery may be able to expend the energy that once went toward their addiction on something new and beneficial–like their job.

Significant Number of Americans Worry about Losing Housing

A majority of Americans—some 75 percent—worry about becoming homeless, according to a new survey.

Homeless People Finding Refuge in the Wild

To millions of adventurers and campers, America’s national forests are a boundless backyard for hiking trips, hunting, and mountain biking. But for thousands of homeless people, they have become a retreat of last resort.

Albuquerque Mayor’s Idea to Help Homeless Seems to be Working

Albuquerque’s There’s a Better Way program hires panhandlers for day jobs beautifying the city.

Millennials and the Future of the Church

The Leadership Network explains several discoveries about Millennials that may help the church better understand this interesting age group.

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidelines to Help Homeless Students

With millions of students across the United States returning to school in coming weeks, the U.S. Department of Education issued guidance for states and school districts on how to respond to the specific needs of homeless students.

U.S. Throws Away Half of All Produce

Americans throw away almost as much food as they eat because of a “cult of perfection”, deepening hunger and poverty, and inflicting a heavy toll on the environment.

Poverty Moves to the Suburbs

America's poor are increasingly shifting from cities to suburbs, causing problems with the way the government delivers assistance to them.

Veterans’ Mental Health Disorders Often Overlooked

One in five military veterans who experience trauma are at a heightened risk for depression, suicide or substance abuse but are often overlooked in clinical settings because they don't fit the criteria for PTSD.

Childhood Hunger Linked to Impulsiveness and Violence

People who experienced frequent hunger during childhood are more than twice as likely to exhibit impulsivity and engage in violent acts as adolescents and adults.

Will New Law Help Homeless Students?

Beginning with the 2016–2017 school year, states will be required under the new federal education law—the Every Student Succeeds Act—to report graduation rates for homeless youth.

AGRM's 2016 Annual Convention

Watch this video for attendee pics from the 2016 Annual Convention in Jacksonville, Florida.

AGRM's 2016 Annual Convention: Day 2

Watch this brief video for a peek into the second day of the 2016 Annual Convention in Jacksonville, Florida.

AGRM's Annual Convention Update: Day 1

A brief video update on Day 1 of AGRM's 2016 Annual Convention in Jacksonville, Florida.

AGRM's 2016 Annual Convention Updates

The week of June 6, watch this space for a daily update of our annual convention in Jacksonville, Florida.

Failure: An Essential Element of Success

Failure is an essential element of success, but that doesn’t make it feel any easier when it happens. A rejection can easily making an individual forget that failure can be a stepping-stone to future triumph.

Suicide Rates on the Rise

The number of suicides in the United States has been on the rise since 1999 in everyone between the ages of 10 and 74.

Location May Affect Lifespan of Those Who Are Poor

For poor Americans, the place they call home can be a matter of life or death.

Population of Seniors Expected to Double Worldwide by 2050

According to a new U.S. Census Report, the world’s population of seniors aged 65 and older is expected to increase from 617 million to 1.6 billion from now to 2050.

Are Americans Losing Their Faith?

According to a new study published in the journal Sage Open, Americans’ faith in religion has fallen significantly.

CDC Creates Guidelines to Help Tackle Opioid Addiction

The CDC is urging doctors to avoid prescribing powerful opiate painkillers for patients with chronic pain, saying the risks from such drugs far outweigh the benefits for most people.

Homeless People Face Age-Related Health Conditions Earlier in Life

Conditions common to 80-year-olds occur earlier in life for people in poverty—and even earlier in life for those who are homeless.

Poverty Rate Projected to Decline Among Elderly

The Social Security Administration (SSA) projects that poverty rates will continue to decline for the elderly.

Google Fiber Provides Free Internet for Select Affordable Housing Residents

Google Fiber has announced free gigabit Internet service to residents of selected public housing projects connected to its fiber optic service in U.S. cities.

Denver and Charlotte Missions Have Some Super Bowl Fun

The CEOs of Charlotte Rescue Mission (Charlotte, North Carolina) and Denver Rescue Mission (Denver, Colorado) are having some fun rivalry as their respective teams play in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday.

Social Media Addiction Linked to Sleep Disorders

A recent study finds that social media addiction is linked to sleep disorders among young adults.

Winter Storm Hits East Coast

A monster storm lashed parts of the South and the Mid-Atlantic on Friday as it barreled north toward some of the nation’s biggest cities. Roughly a quarter of the U.S. population is in the path of the storm, with about 30 million under blizzard warnings.

IRS Nixes Plan to Collect Social Security Numbers of Donors

A wave of complaints forced the IRS on January 7 to withdraw its controversial plan to have nonprofit charities report the Social Security numbers of donors who give just $250 in any given year.

Home for the Holidays

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries has offered a permanent residence to Dwayne Cole and Siretha Lattimore, a homeless couple who had turned their four young children over to Child Protective Services because it was too cold outside to sleep in the car and one of their sons suffers from severe asthma.

College Students Report Experiencing Homelessness, Food Insecurity

A new study finds significant numbers of community college students at a variety of institutions around the United States report high levels of food and housing insecurity.

Andy Bales Speaks Out on Homelessness in Los Angeles

For nearly 20 years, Andy Bales has been the CEO of Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, skid row’s oldest shelter. In those many years, Bales says Los Angeles is the worst he’s ever seen it.

HUD Reports Drop in Homelessness, but Many Still on Streets

New data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shows a 2 percent drop in homelessness since 2014, but many still face challenges in the search for a place to call home.

Honoring Those Who Served

Find out the history behind Veterans Day, who is considered a veteran, and the new battle some veterans are facing.

How Do Millennials Give?

The group of nearly 75 million Americans born between the early 1980’s and late 1990’s are known as Millennials. This tech-savvy group might not seem like the charitable type, but as it turns out they just give in different ways.

Marijuana Use Doubles in U.S.

New laws and attitudes toward marijuana in the U.S. have led to use of the drug doubling. Between 2001 and 2013, marijuana use by adults rose from 4.1 percent to 9.5 percent.

Extreme Poverty in America

By the end of 2015, just under 10 percent of the global population will be living in extreme poverty, surviving on an average of just $1.90 per day. But a surprising number of people living on almost nothing actually live in one of the worlds largest economies.

AGRM’s Missions in Canada Celebrate Thanksgiving

The history of Thanksgiving in Canada and how AGRM member missions are observing the holiday.

South Carolina Flooding Ordeal Far from Over

New concerns are rising in South Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin. And reports from AGRM member missions in the state.

UPDATE: South Carolina Struggles with Record-Breaking Rain

Nine weather-related deaths have been reported with rainfall totaling two feet in some areas. In South Carolina, millions still remain homebound Monday following the devastating rainfall from hurricane Joaquin.

Los Angeles Declares State of Emergency on Homelessness

On September 22, the Los Angeles City Council declared a state of emergency on homelessness. The council is pushing for $100 million to aid in the crisis.

Differences in Giving

A new study delves deeper into how men and women give to charity, not only as couples, but also as individuals.

The Chemistry of Addiction

More that 20 million Americans are affected by addiction, but few know the role brain chemistry plays in the illness.

National Suicide Awareness Week

September 6–12 is National Suicide Awareness Week, with Thursday, September 10 designated as World Suicide Prevention Day. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the week aims to inform the public on risk factors of suicide, warning signs, and ways to get help.

Domestic Violence Among Leading Causes of Homelessness

As rent skyrockets and waiting lists for public housing grow, many women trying to flee domestic violence are left with no place to go. This means some will go back to their abusers or live on the streets for years.

Justice Department Says Being Homeless Shouldn’t Be a Crime

Laws that make it a crime for homeless people to sleep in public places even when there isn’t enough room for them at a shelter unconstitutionally punish the homeless, lawyers for the Department of Justice said in a court filing on August 6.

American Obesity Rates Are on the Rise

Americans have become even fatter than before, with nearly 28 percent saying they are clinically obese, a new survey finds.

Map Shows Poverty Rates for All U.S. School Districts

To get a good idea of the plight of poor children in America, take a look at a new interactive map showing Census Bureau poverty rates in each of the nearly 14,000 school districts in the U.S.

Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

The Supreme Court ruled on Friday (June 26) that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry. The court ruled 5–4 that the Constitution’s guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages. With the ruling, same-sex marriage will technically become legal in all 50 states.

Americans Are in a Charitable Giving Mood

It’s heartening to see that as Americans have been recovering from the Great Recession, they’ve been helping the less fortunate rather than just spending the money on themselves, says a recent report.

National Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15 is National Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Every year, an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Studies have suggested that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported; as many as 23 cases go unreported. Often, victims of elder abuse are residents of assisted living facilities or nursing homes, but elder abuse can happen anywhere.

Lord of the Flies Comes to Baltimore

John Blake, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, writes about race, religion, politics, and other assorted topics for CNN. In “Lord of the Flies Comes to Baltimore," he provides a compelling and interesting perspective of the current situation in his home city.

L.A. spends $100 million a year on homelessness

Los Angeles spends more than $100 million a year coping with homelessness, including as much as $87 million that goes to arrests, skid row patrols, and mental health interventions. City staff as diverse as librarians, recreation and parks, sanitation, and paramedics also devote significant resources to handling homeless people, without clear guidelines or a coordinated approach to guide them.

Homelessness Increases Dramatically in Seattle Area

Homeless shelters in Seattle, one of the nation’s wealthiest cities, turn people away each night. Wait lists for low-income housing are years-long. Cars and tents serving as makeshift homes can be spotted all over Seattle and the rest of King County.

Indianapolis Mayor Vetoes Homeless Rights Proposal

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has vetoed a proposal that would have made Indianapolis one of the first cities in the country to establish a "Homeless Bill of Rights." Proponents of the proposal said homeless individuals are unfairly criminalized and face pervasive discrimination in their daily lives.

Rural Youth Suicide Close to Double Urban Rate

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents aged 10 to 24 and results in approximately 4,600 lives lost every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate of suicides for youth living in rural areas is almost double the rate for youth living in urban areas.

Too Much Alcohol at Midlife Raises Stroke Risk

Too much alcohol in middle age can increase your stroke risk as much as high blood pressure or diabetes, a new study suggests.

Bad Flu Season Gets Worse

This year’s already nasty flu season has taken a turn for the worse. The latest update issued January 5 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows influenza is now widespread in 43 states—up from 36 states the previous week. Six children died of the flu last week, raising the total number of childhood fatalities for this year’s flu season to 21.

Smoking in U.S. Hits an All-Time Low

Cigarette smoking has hit the lowest point ever among American adults, a new report finds. The percentage of U.S. adults who smoke cigarettes was 17.8 percent in 2013, a drop from 20.9 percent in 2005, and the lowest rate of smoking since researchers began tracking this figure in 1965, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Volunteers Give Thanks through Rescue Missions

Community support, involvement of volunteers are vital to reaching people in need. So this Thanksgiving, the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) is recognizing the importance of volunteers in the success of rescue missions across North America.

Report Details Rise of Child Homelessness in U.S.

The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation’s high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing, and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence.

Health Officials Urge Prevention

The arrival of Ebola in the U.S. is sparking some panic, although health officials say there is little cause for concern. Health officials say that the approach of flu season, along with the Ebola scare and the D68 virus sickening children across the country is causing a lot of concern because the symptoms can be similar. But common sense practices can help keep you well. Certainly, these measures can be adapted for the close quarters found in many rescue missions too.

Marriage Rates Continue to Fall

Americans are increasingly forgoing one of the biggest milestones on the way to adulthood: marriage. According to a new study, 20 percent of adults older than 25—about 42 million people—have never married, up from 9 percent in 1960.

Affluent Cities Across America

The geographic distribution of income and wealth in the U.S. is always a fascinating topic. One of the many types of geography the Census Bureau tabulates figures for are “places.” These are either legally incorporated cities or towns or Census-designated statistical equivalents. Using places with at least 1,000 residents, Business Insider found the place with the highest median household income in each state.

Homeless Rates by State

On any given day last year, more than 600,000 Americans were homeless. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides state-level estimations of homelessness every year and also collects data on many metropolitan areas. In the U.S., about 195 of every 100,000 people were homeless in 2013.

America’s Homeless Capital

For years, officials have dubbed the city of Los Angeles the “homeless capital” of America. They used the total number of homeless for the entire County of Los Angeles, which includes 87 other cities plus the city of LA, as their scorecard. People in other cities, however, have disagreed.

Daily Facebook Use Exceeds Bible Reading

More Americans check Facebook daily than read the Bible and it has more monthly users worldwide than most continents have people.

AGRM Rallies U.S. Senators to Support Charitable Deduction

17 Democrats and 16 Republicans sign letter on January 23 asking the Senate's Finance Committee to preserve the “full value and scope” of the charitable deduction during comprehensive tax reform

Arctic Cold Blast Continues

Blasts of Arctic air have been relentless so far this month for many cities east of the Rockies. Unfortunately, there's no end in sight as the end of January approaches.

Fewer Recent US War Veterans Visiting Missions According to New Survey

Overall, slightly fewer Persian Gulf and Afghanistan war veterans are seeking services from US rescue missions, according to a survey conducted by the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) in October of this year.