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San Francisco Bans Credit-Only Stores
San Francisco officials voted Tuesday to require brick-and-mortar retailers to take cash as payment, joining Philadelphia and New Jersey in banning a growing paperless practice that critics say discriminates against low-income people who might not have access to credit cards. In many ways, the legislation was an easy call for San Francisco officials, who strive to make life more equitable in a city with an enormous wealth gap. According to an article in Fox Business, high-paid tech workers who flock to San Francisco to work for Facebook, Google, Uber and Airbnb may like the ease of paying by credit card, debit card, or smartphone. But many low-income people, including more than 4,000 who sleep on San Francisco’s streets every night, likely don’t have money to sustain bank accounts.
$15 Million Planned for Nonprofit Security in California
California governor and presidential hopeful Gavin Newsom said the state will spend an additional $15 million to help with security at what he called “soft targets” such as houses of worship and nonprofits at higher risk due to ideology. According to an article by The Nonprofit Times, the money would be included in the state’s general fund budget proposal slated to be submitted to the state legislature later this month. The state already spends $500,000 on such projects around the state, down from $2 million in 2017. Religious leaders in California want the state to spend the funds on security guards, reinforced doors and gates, high-intensity lighting and alarms, and other security. The announcement came two days after the shooting at the Poway Chabad Synagogue in Poway, California. The state was observing Holocaust Remembrance Day at the time of the attack.
Homeless Encampments Along California Levees May be Weakening Them
Thousands of residents in Northern California may be threatened by flooding in the future by levees weakened not by weather but people living on them. Homeless encampments that have popped up along the sides of levees in Sacramento and San Joaquin counties are creating damage to the flood control structures, as some residents dig into the slope to create a flat surface to put their tents up. But those cuts into the earthen levees may ultimately end up compromising the structural integrity of the mounds when floodwaters rise, according to a report by Fox News. The Reclamation District 1000 board voted Friday to send letters to several law enforcement agencies asking for their help solving the problem and the Sacramento City Council plans to have a hearing about the problem about the encampments in the levee districts.
Fundraising Report Highlights How First-Time Donors Come Back
A new report from the online fundraising firm Classy takes a close look at the behaviors that lead to return donations. According to a report in Associations Now, the report states that while it takes nearly a year on average (349 days to be exact) for a one-time donor to give again, nearly one in five donors returns much more quickly—and are much more likely to keep giving. In the report, Ben Cipollini, the company’s head of data science, says effective engagement is what ultimately leads donors to recur “and, over time, develop a meaningful relationship with your organization.”
Millions of Older Americans Struggle to Find Enough Food
Hunger among senior adults is in many ways an invisible crisis, but the troubling reality is that 5.5 million older Americans are skipping meals or going entire days without eating anything. With more Baby Boomers leaving the workforce every year, the problem is getting worse, even with a strong economy. According to an article by Patch, the states with the highest rates of food insecurity among senior adults are Louisiana with 12.3 percent , Mississippi with 11.8 percent, and New Mexico with 11.5 percent.
Eating Well and Exercising Do More Than Pills in Reducing Alzheimer’s
If you want to save your brain from the ravages of dementia, keep the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy habits rather than relying on vitamins or other pills, according to new guidelines from the World Health Organization. About 50 million people around the world have Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, and nearly 10 million new cases arise each year, WHO said in a report issued Tuesday. The cost of caring for people with dementia is expected to reach $2 trillion per year by 2030. Although age is the top risk factor, dementia is not a natural or inevitable consequence of aging, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The new guidance includes getting enough exercise; treating health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol; having an active social life; and avoiding or curbing harmful habits like smoking, overeating, and drinking too much alcohol. Although there isn’t strong evidence that some of these actions will help preserve thinking skills, they’re known to aid general health, the WHO report says.
Advancement Assistant/Communications Coordinator: Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, Kalmazoo, MI
Assistant Executive Director:Sunshine Rescue Mission, Inc., Flagstaff, AZ
Breakfast Cook: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Care Support Specialist: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Chief Development Officer: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Chief Financial Officer: St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Community Living Assistant (Men's Services): Atlanta Mission, Atlanta, GA
Community Living Assistant (Men's Services): Atlanta Mission, Atlanta, GA
Community Living Assistant (Women's Services): Atlanta Mission, Atlanta, GA
Construction Project Manager: Fairbanks Rescue Mission, Fairbanks, AK
Development and Database Coordinator: Union Gospel Mission, Dallas, TX
Development Director: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Development Director: Evansville Rescue Mission, Evansville, IN
Director of Behavioral Services: Eugene Mission, Eugene, OR
Director of Emergency Shelter Services: Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO
Director of Women's Ministry: John 3:16 Mission, Tulsa, OK
Donor Development Professional: Madera Rescue Mission, Madera, CA
Executive Director: Campus of Hope, Conroe, TX
Extended Care Program Manager: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Human Resources Director: Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO
Major Gifts Director: Union Gospel Mission, Dallas, TX
Major Gifts Officer: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Men's Ministry Night Manager: Good Samaritan Mission, Jackson, WY
Partnership Relations Officer: New York City Relief, Elizabeth, NJ
Program Administrator: Bridge Street Mission, Inc., Wausau, WI
Public Relations Manager: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Senior Marketing and Communications Manager: Light of Life, Pittsburgh, PA
Shelter Supervisor: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Vice President of Development: Career Cross Training, Colorado Springs, CO
Volunteer Engagement Specialist: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Weekend Cook: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Women and Children's Program Manager: Hope Gospel Mission , Eau Claire, WI
Women's Program Manager - Laura's Home: The City Mission, Cleveland, OH
Vertical to Horizontal
“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ" (Philippians 3:7–8, ESV).
We can often get caught up in the relationships of our lives. They might be with a spouse or loved one, maybe a good friend, or even someone we disciple.
Should these relationships be the most important things to us? From the verse we have for today, probably not.
Our goal in life should be knowing Christ above everything, and from there letting Jesus affect our relationships. In essence, we should first work on our vertical relationship and then let the love of that relationship influence the horizontal relationships we have with those around us.
Here are a few questions for you to ask yourself as you meditate on this verse today:
Spend some time answering these honestly today.
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