Yesterday over 150 families lined up to receive assistance in our Emergency Resource Center here on Haskell Avenue in inner city East Dallas.
It happens every single day.
People, most of whom are working, come to us every day seeking aid.
It is a national shame.
Almost every family has at least one person working--most have more than one person working in the family units who come to us at Central Dallas Ministries.
The problem is the wages that people are able to bring home are not sufficient to sustain life for families.
The story is the same every single day.
"Yes, I have a job," people tell us.
"I make $9.50 an hour," a man reported recently with a measure of self-assurance.
Think about it.
Analyze it--$9.50 an hour.
Could you live on $19,760 gross annually?
The problems will not go away.
What we need is a national initiative to conquer poverty, while no longer blaming the poor.
Education, health care, housing, nutrition and hope are needed now as never before.
Where is the voice of faith?
Benevolence committees won't get the job done.
An ideology informed by faith is required.
What will we do?
It is past time for action.
We have plenty of options as citizens of faith living in a democracy.