Learn More About Poverty

Poverty is a complex issue, so the staff at Good Samaritan Ministries is continuously studying the causes of poverty, its effects on individuals, families, and the community, and learning about the best practices for finding solutions to poverty. Join us in learning more by checking out these suggested resources.

Learning Opportunities with Good Sam

Invite Good Sam to speak at your church, workplace, or home gathering about issues of poverty
Host a poverty simulation at your church or workplace
Ask Good Sam to lead a small group through the Dignity Serves curriculum

Recommended Reading

The Abundant Community by John McKnight & Peter Block
Charity Detox by Robert Lupton
From Understanding Poverty to Developing Human Capacity by Ruby Payne
Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton
When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

Projects & Research

The United Way ALICE Project
Greater Ottawa County United Way Community Assessment
Lakeshore Housing Alliance – Ottawa County United Way
Ottawa County Housing Needs Assessment
Ottawa County Community Health Needs Assessment



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