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The Wealth of the Poor: How Valuing Every Neighbor Restores Hope in Our Cities Paperback – April 22, 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
When most people think of Dallas, they don't think poverty. This captivating memoir by first-time author James, a Church of Christ minister before heading up CitySquare (formerly Central Dallas Ministries) reveals what the Big D's 28 percent inner-city poverty rate looks like at home. James and CitySquare approach economically poor neighborhoods by first identifying their critical assets—social capital, survival skills, indigenous knowledge, and capacity for change—in a process James calls "re-neighboring." Skillfully blending social entrepreneurism, an adroit acquaintance with urban planning policies, and a profound love for his neighbors, James and CitySquare are not only lifting individuals out of poverty, but economically revitalizing neighborhoods by incubating for-profit microenterprises, including landscaping, a used-car lot, and even solar power. Readers move seamlessly through James' hard-won lessons, biblical insights, and engaging community profiles to a deeper theological point about hope and the gospel. While some of James' examples may not translate well beyond Dallas, his fresh engagement with the practicalities of "loving one's neighbor" in an era of austerity will inspire readers everywhere. (May)
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Larry James appeared to be exactly where he was supposed to be--ministering with a large, suburban Dallas church. Then came the intriguing invitation to move his ministry to inner city Dallas among some of the "poorest" people in the community. Encouraged by his wife, Brenda, to follow the truth he had so often shared as a pastor, Larry accepted.
As the new director of a food pantry, Larry was quickly overwhelmed, and one day when trying to communicate with Spanish-speaking families, he asked a woman named Josefina to help translate. She had come for assistance, but Josefina ended up helping Larry that day, and the next. She came back the next day for nine years.
Since that day Josefina began helping two decades ago, Larry has been asking neighbors to help solve their own problems, and this new way of serving side by side has transformed a small food pantry into one of the largest non-pro!t food distributors in the world. With a budget of fourteen million dollars annually, the organization--now called CitySquare--also develops housing for the formerly homeless and manages health clinics and community medical outreach in economically depressed and under-served places like East and South Dallas.
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Here just two of many quotes that were convicting for me
"People who are hungry, 'poor', homeless, ill, abandoned, strangers--the list goes on and on as we think about the possibilities attached to being human--don't need professionalism or service or case management as much as they need to be treated like regular people. After all that is exactly who they are--regular people with specific challenges, just like the rest of us. Most major life problems and challenges are best addressed in the context of genuine friendship."
"Stop talking about being redemptive, bring redemption
Stop talking about salvation, and insert a saving moment into the life of just one struggling person.
Stop preaching the message of reconciliation and become reconcilers.
Stop worrying about your message and live a message that produces hope."
Larry James, The Wealth of the Poor: How Valuing Every Neighbor Restores Hope in our Cities (Hunger * Health * Housing * Hope)
"Why do we fail to see the people?" asks Mr. James, the CEO of CitySquare a remarkable nonprofit based in Dallas. The goal is to "move as many people as possible from their current situation to self-sufficiency."
The book highlights foundational principles that drive CitySquare:
* Neighbors cannot be treated as projects and disconnected from us as human beings
* Neighbors cannot be treated as problems
* Neighbors cannot be treated as "opportunities for ministry"
* Neighbors must not be seen as clients. We call them neighbors, whoi must be trusted and valued as they are, for who they are.
Interspersed among great stories, the book highlights Eleven Principles. Among these 11 are:
#3. Communities have adequate assets to initiate renewal.
#5. Dare to Dream (and make alliances/partnerships everywhere - Public-Private; Corporate; Nonprofits).
#6. Racial reconciliation is a prerequisite for genuine community renewal.
#7. Partner or die.
#11. To nurture hope, we must give everything we have.
Here are three of my six takeaways:
#1. Don't give stuff - give money!
#5. Simple logic should prevail - it is "cheaper" and "better" to get a person into a "home of his/her own."
#6. Everything matters.
Though the book is readable and understandable for any reader, the book does include a lot of Christian Scripture. (Mr. James is a former minister, and his theology informs him every step of the way). But his efforts are truly inclusive.
This book is a call to build processes, public policy, and services that can lift people to "self-sufficiency."
One drawback: sometimes the narrative pieces (step by step history of various personal stories) does tend to drag on a bit... especially for those not familiar with Dallas, TX and it's local politics and agencies.
That being said, it is still an amazing volume that makes you think deeply about your own approach to poverty and the poor among us. I highly recommend it. For those who have appreciated When Helping Hurts or Toxic Charity, this is an excellent follow up with lots of practical illustrations.