So many social service agencies, so many individuals dedicating so much of their lives to helping others rise out of poverty. So many people trying to create change so children and adults in need can live in the same world as their neighbors who were not born into poverty. So many volunteers giving time and energy to help create that change. But change can be hard.
What if something happens that makes you think it is too hard to actually create that change? What if you try to help someone and it does not “work”? What if you try to help a whole family or a community and it does not go as planned?
That is when we find out if we are serious about our compassion, if we really do care about one another. And we turn to the only guiding force we need – unconditional love.
That is the plan here. Unconditional love. A simple plan and one not using a whole lot of matrices or forecasts. It really is not one to be debated on political talk shows, where the real effort – the daily and full-out effort that will be needed by each of us – is left out of the discussion, anyway. It is a plan that has so far helped nearly 100,000 people, though not to the extent that the plan will help in the future, as it is expanded and enhanced.
Love is a verb, so when you make unconditional love your plan, you immediately do things to show how much you care about or love others. Here, we move over 100,000 pounds of beds, dressers, and other home goods from those who no longer need them to those who have nothing – every single month. We teach job skills and healthy parenting skills, and we match those in need of long-term support with people who can provide that.
My mother is at a corner right now, begging for money so she can feed my sisters and brothers. Knowing she is there inspires me to give my life to erasing that from our society. And not by making it illegal to panhandle, but by making it unnecessary.
I have to see it that way and I have to know that every woman and man at a corner near you – those are my parents, my brothers and sisters. They are your parents, your brothers and sisters.
No sane society has such need so close to and surrounded by such wealth. The resources exist – the knowledge, creativity, and energy exists within each of us – to create a world with no poverty.
Ending poverty is our calling. It is as important to address as was the lack of civil rights 50 years ago, women’s suffrage 100 years ago, and slavery 150 years ago. Each of those had to be addressed, and so does poverty, with that same whatever-it-takes effort.
A world with no poverty is not an idea. It is the only acceptable reality.