Showing all posts by tag "poverty"
Helping People to Flourish
May 16th, 2017
Breaking poverty’s grip, ending economic oppression. Those are two noble goals. They may also be too big for me. I’ve thought a lot lately about WHY. Why is UCOM here? Why am I at UCOM? What are our goals?
HunGRy - Day Six
October 4th, 2011
DAY SIX - Monday, September 19
I’ve lost four pounds in the past five days. That’s something that I can’t do counting calories. (I can count too high!) When I am seriously working to stay within my food allowance of $4.37 a day, I just can’t afford to eat enough relatively...
HunGRy - Day Five
September 26th, 2011
DAY FIVE - Sunday, September 18
Have you ever stopped to think how much of our lives revolve around eating in this society? It is definitely more than satisfying hunger. This experiment in eating as well as possible on $4.37 a day has made me so aware of my profligate eating habits. Though...
HunGRy - Day Four
September 20th, 2011
DAY FOUR - Saturday, September 17
Quiet Saturdays are good days for reflection. Today was not as difficult as I thought it might be in my quest to eat on $4.37 a day for a week. Often our Saturdays are filled with eating, visiting with friends, eating, shopping, eating, doing fun stuff,...
HunGRy - Day Three
September 19th, 2011
DAY THREE - Friday, September 16
Confession: OK, I admit it; I cheated on my commitment tonight. What’s worse, I did it deliberately. In my defense, I must say that I had declared this intention when I took the pledge.
[Today is the third day of my participation in the HunGRy?...
HunGRy - Day Two
September 15th, 2011
DAY TWO - Thursday, September 15
Today I blew all but 50 cents of my food budget on lunch. It was an excellent lunch at an exceptionally low price--$3.99. Since I didn’t have breakfast this morning, I have enough left for an apple before bed.
[Today is the second day of...
HunGRy - Day One
September 14th, 2011
DAY ONE - Wednesday, September 14
Talk about food insecurity! Today is the first day of my participation in the HunGRy? Week challenge to limit myself to the foods I could purchase with SNAP funds. The average is $30.59 per person per week, that’s $4.37 a day. For this challenge,...
What to do with that left-over flex account
December 3rd, 2010
Matt Anderson to Bruce Roller:
Hi Bruce. I would appreciate if you wrote a quick blog about what health care items that individuals could use their excess flex spending money on that organization like UCOM would benefit from receiving as donations. It’s possible I will have...
You Can't Buy That With Food Stamps
November 1st, 2010
Rick and Cindy Mathis live in UCOM’s service area and have long been supporters of the many programs here that help people to cope with current economic struggles, as well as some of the options we provide for helping people have brighter futures. They have a couple of ideas that are newsworthy....
Ten Things I LOVE About My Job (Part 3)
June 1st, 2010
Here are three more things I love about my job as Executive Director of United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM) in Wyoming MI.
6. People. UCOM’s donors are a rare treat. As might be expected there are a few large donors, about 20 people in the $5,000 and over category. These...