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Need a Recession Support Group? Try a Church!

Not sure what to think about this exactly. Apparently churches across the U.S. are starting up support groups for people who are out of work due to the economic situation. These groups are practical on the one hand–people swap resume and interviewing tips and the like. On the other hand they are also there for the members to support one another “spiritually” in their quest for a job.

Of course, I’m not enough of a contrarian to just slam this notion. Certainly this is a good thing and people have a felt and real need for it, the difficulty of job loss is hard, etc. But I do find it interesting how the church is intervening to put people back to work across America. I wonder also why we aren’t hearing of churches across America sharing their financial resources to care for those that are out of work, in addition to providing emotional support groups…

4 Comments

  1. Evan wrote:

    “I wonder also why we aren’t hearing of churches across America sharing their financial resources to care for those that are out of work, in addition to providing emotional support groups…”

    I’m hopeful. I think we aren’t hearing about this because the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. Charity makes for boring headlines, that’s all.

    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 7:18 am | Permalink
  2. mike d wrote:

    “I wonder also why we aren’t hearing of churches across America sharing their financial resources to care for those that are out of work, in addition to providing emotional support groups…

    We are hearing about that. You just listened to the wrong story on npr:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101947625

    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 7:27 am | Permalink
  3. D C Cramer wrote:

    A large church in my region (Northern Indiana) is providing service projects that those without jobs can work for in exchange for supermarket food vouchers. Might not technically be “charity” but is a creative solution.

    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 9:01 am | Permalink
  4. Halden wrote:

    Thanks, Mike! Glad to see some of the other stuff is getting press too.

    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 9:07 am | Permalink

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