If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of low-income people who live in urban areas, consider these:
1. I will make the effort necessary to discover what organizations are working in the inner city of my community. I will pay particular attention to those groups who are working from within the community, utilizing the leadership skills of the people who live in the neighborhood being affected.
2. I will develop a working relationship with at least one community development organization working in an inner city neighborhood in my area.
3. I will investigate the place that justice and compassion assume in my own spiritual tradition. I will read the Bible with "new eyes" this year to discover what the ancient wisdom has to teach me about poverty, the poor and the role of faith in responding to human need.
4. I will determine how my present community of faith regards poor people in its own mission in my community. I will ask questions about how funds are spent. I will listen with a sharper ear to what my church teaches. I will observe what, if any, public stands it takes for and with the urban poor.
5. I will reach out to an urban public school in a manner that makes sense to me and that allows me to use my talents to mentor and to befriend at least one student in either an elementary, middle or high school.
6. I will read my local newspaper with an eye to the issues that affect the poorest, the weakest and the most vulnerable in my community.
7. I will read at least 4 books that relate to some aspect of poverty and the city.
8. I will consider beginning or joining a small group devoted to learning more about my city, its people and the connection of my spiritual and civic life to these concerns.
9. I will vote in every election. When I do, I will remember the poor.
10. I will visit at least one inner city church.
11. I will do my best to begin or to deepen a friendship with at least one person who lives in the inner city.
12. I will include the poor neighborhoods in my city on my prayer list.
Pick and choose. By all means, add your own ideas.
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Today and throughout 2013, we need your support to continue our life-changing work in inner-city Dallas. Every day hundreds of our wonderful neighbors arrive at our doors seeking our assistance, offering their help and prepared to pursue a better life. Frankly, the folks we "serve" make essential contributions to the scope, nature and soul of the work we attempt. At CitySquare we honor and recognize the amazing value and richness of our low-income neighbors. During 2012, almost 55,000 different people received the benefit of our wide-ranging services designed to assist in the process of building better lives. We need your help TODAY as we continue to respond to the needs of our community. Even more, we need you to become our PARTNER in the work of compassion and community renewal--work that continues day after day at CitySquare.