Poverty

Human Rights
Teacher Thembakazi Bojana works with students at the Nomaxabiso Centre for Children in the Philippi East neighborhood of Cape Town, South Africa. The center, which receives support from The United Methodist Church, serves children with special educational needs. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

‘Mother of the disabled’ provides safe place for kids

Special-needs childcare center operates in a crime-ridden neighborhood in Cape Town, South Africa. A United Methodist pastor offers support for the school, which holds a special place in her heart.
General Agencies
The Open Arms Community center is looking into helping lower-income people get mortgages so they can remain in The Waughtown and Sunnyside neighborhoods in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The center continues to provide before-and-after school programs and summer activities for neighborhood children. Graphic by UM News.

Gentrifying neighborhood complicates ministry

The Waughtown and Sunnyside neighborhoods in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, are gentrifying, pushing out of the community the people the Rev. Julie Wilson is trying to serve. The Open Arms Community center is looking into helping lower-income people get mortgages so they can remain in the area.
Local Church
The Rev. Ruth Marsh offers a cup of tea to Angi Rogers, a guest in the day shelter at Trinity United Methodist Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Rogers had not been feeling well and Marsh settled her in a Sunday school classroom to get some rest. “Everybody here takes care of me and each other,” Rogers said.

Small church transforms lives with day shelter

A United Methodist congregation works with community partners to provide services for the homeless and working poor, from meals and showers to assistance with complicated social programs.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Ruth Marsh (right) comforts Angi Rogers, a guest in the day shelter at Trinity United Methodist Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Rogers had not been feeling well and Marsh settled her in a Sunday school classroom to get some rest. “Everybody here takes care of me and each other,” Rogers said. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches see lots of need this Advent

Many congregations and affiliated nonprofits in the U.S. are stepping up efforts to help low-income people squeezed by inflation and affordable housing shortages.

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