Author Archive for A Wider Circle

The Journey

It is another good day of service here.  We feel the storm looming and hope families can come to get their stuff before it hits.  Our three trucks are out picking up donations, and our drivers are already working in some hard rain.   Their determination makes this place go. Our volunteers and staff here at the Center are managing…

The emotions of poverty

Today a case manager from a local social service agency brought one of her clients to A Wider Circle to get her items. This happens every day, many times over, but her experience here seems worth the tell – the short version. Near the end of the woman’s visit here, the case manager walked up to our Deputy Director and…

Crazy

I often hear that it is crazy to believe that we can end poverty.  As I watch people around the world develop individual and community solutions – using their great talents and creativity – I believe it is crazy to think that we will NOT end poverty. Change of this magnitude takes a critical mass believing and acting differently. We…

Opportunity

In so many ways we stand things on their heads. We see them in opposite to how they are. For example, we see problems as weights on our shoulders and we see inherited problems as inevitabilities. We see poverty as something that has always been and always will be. It is neither. We have an opportunity to end it. Every…

Time for us all to be warriors – in memory and in honor of R. Sargent Shriver

In 1994, President Clinton called Sargent Shriver the strongest warrior he had ever seen in the effort to end poverty. Indeed, Mr. Shriver’s life was characterized by his work to create effective programs to help those mired in the poverty he saw around the world. Mr. Shriver’s travels paved the way for millions of us to make contributions to the…

For we can not look into the eyes of someone who has nothing…and do nothing.

It is one of the ways – perhaps the best way – to feel connected to another human being.  When you look into the eyes of another human being, you connect in an easy yet meaningful way.  In that connection, barriers and boundaries cease to be present.  Differences are harder to see than the oneness that is most characteristic of…