Ending Toxic Charity: A Hand Up not a Handout: The easy approach in helping those down and out is giving a handout in the form a few bucks or pocket change, a meal, or some gas money. Years ago, after hearing about a panhandler garnering over $750,000 on the streets of Manhattan in one year, that is when I stopped handing out money willy-nilly.
Giving without accountability to work towards change is toxic, poisoning dignity and destroying self-respect. It is not compassion but rather demoralizing pity.
Permanently solving this problem is done by advising, job training, and teaching effective life skills that incorporate lessons on overcoming emotional and character disorders. Many suffer from a wounded spirit from past trauma and definements from sin and abuse. God can heal these issues.
Funds donated to this ministry supports the needs of each person or family to overcome their homeless crisis and help prevent reoccurrence. Your contributions are tax deductible.