The New American Poverty

The New American Poverty
Recently, the Pew Research Center released a new study about the rise of "breadwinner mothers" and their growing impact on the US economy. Single mothers, however, continue to be among the most vulnerable
Want to reduce poverty? Find a way to reform campaign finance, says Tony Jones, theologian and author of “Questions that Haunt Christianity.”
The citizens of Reading and Berks County are resilient. They have not given up on their city or its people. People of faith in the area have come together in ways new and old to address the city’s problems.
(May 3, 2012) Various faith traditions teach the virtue of tending to the ill and the needy. "Care of the sick is about as profound an obligation as you can have, and that extends not only to the individual in those traditions, that’s a basic...
(May 9, 2012) After serving in Iraq, a young father returns to Reading, Pa. and battles unemployment as he and his wife fight to get a leg up in a tough economy.
After suffering a layoff and searching for work for two years, a divorced 46-year-old father of three lands a job outside of Reading, Pa. The shift work is crucial for him to survive financially, but the hours required means he rarely sees his 16-...
(December 19, 2011) A 23-year-old Reading native struggles to find stable work that will allow her to maintain her apartment and support her family.
(December 04, 2011) Reading, Pa. was recently named the poorest city in America, according to recent census figures. Forty-one percent of the city's residents live below the poverty line; good-paying work is scarce as factories and other plants...
(December 5, 2011) Tent City has been increasingly populated with the “new homeless”. Read more...
(November 21, 2012) Five years ago, Minister Steve Brigham founded an encampment for the homeless on a wooded piece of public property in Lakewood, N.J. As Americans continue to struggle to find work, the community has expanded to nearly 70 people....