A Sanctuary In Time Of Need
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In their time of need, many disenfranchised Americans are also finding themselves suspected and stigmatized by their own society’s obsession with security at any price. Indeed, life for many Americans seems to have become a deadly black-and-white game of choosing sides – "us or them", "good or evil", "blessed or damned" – all in the name of God and country. In such a world, who I am matters far less than where I live, what I wear and who I know. In such a world, the poor always lose.
In this new socio-economic climate of fear and self-interest, Friendship House is searching for ways to make all its homeless ministries better bridges of mutual trust and understanding. Since it believes that the homeless are their own best advocates, Friendship House in 2003 expanded its existing volunteer orientation and training services to include intensive immersion experiences, communal forums and individual mentoring where volunteers and clients can meet as peers and share their common faith and dreams. This expanded volunteer training program includes the following components: