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Posted on January 23, 2012
By Jim Jordal
"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1910-1997
As this year begins we in the movement to end poverty might well consider the words of Mother Teresa that there is another kind of poverty equally corrosive of human lives as the one we war against. We focus on the poverty related to income shortfalls, joblessness, homelessness, hunger, poor education, and a lack of medical care. We agitate in the halls of power hoping that someone, sometime, somewhere will hear the cries of those unable to help themselves, and join us in the struggle. We believe that deep in the human psyche there resides that small spark that cares for the welfare of others and is able and willing to give sacrificially to those in need. We believe also that what is needed is an igniting force capable of transforming that small spark into a raging conflagration of mercy and justice. These things we believe and work for.
But there is another even more insidious form of poverty that lurks among us---that awful poverty of spirit that arises, as Mother Teresa so artfully said, from being unloved, unwanted, and uncared for. In our complacent attitudes of selfishness, ignorance and denial we too often conclude that this form of poverty troubles only people in other cultures, in more distant lands, or in families different from ours, or in people unlike ourselves. We delude ourselves into thinking this type of poverty does not belong to us. No, it belongs to others not able to see things as clearly as we do or to provide the physical resources necessary to the good life.
Posted on January 09, 2012
Posted on December 28, 2011
A Message from the Executive Director
On behalf of A Minnesota Without Poverty, thank you to all who attended our fundraiser dinner on November 10. It was a grand evening, with honorees Northwest Area Foundation, Neighborhood Development Center, and Joe and Suzi Johnson. Also thanks to all of you who could not attend and yet gave a contribution in support of the work to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020. Thank you also to the wonderful cosponsors who gave a donation for the ad book for the fundraiser (see the links to those cosponsors below).
As a result of your support and the support of other donors like you, we were able to match the challenge grant from Northwest Area Foundation. That grant and your support have provided the resources for the Enough for All Campaign events in four congressional districts, the Micro-Enterprise Partnerships in three communities in Minnesota-including The Art Shoppe at Midtown Global Market, the video series starring the Minnesota Church Ladies, on various public policy issues, and several educational resources.
The funds you gave in 2011 have been put to good use. Our plans for 2012 are the following: