Charity Is No Part of the Government

By James Whitford, published in the Joplin Globe on April 30, 2017 I was in a meeting with some people who work for a government-funded organization that helps other organizations get funded by the government. I ...

A True Charity Christmas

By Hannah Hull published in the Joplin Globe on 1/8/17 It was a great success. Every one said so. The Christmas dinner was delicious. We had turkey, ham, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes with turkey ...

By James Whitford, originally printed in the Joplin Regional Business Journal A small group of company leaders visited the mission recently to tour and then discuss ways to partner. We wound our way through the ...

Poverty Demands more than Means-Tested Welfare

By James Whitford, published in the Joplin Globe on October 23, 2016.  Early one morning, I took a seat on the steps of our mission beside an elderly lady whose words would greatly impact me.  This small-framed ...

Producers Really Are Happier Than Consumers

By James Whitford published in the Joplin Globe March 27, 2016 Recently, after hearing me share that the working poor are happier than the welfare poor, Mark got a job. I’ll never forget when he told me, the huge ...

Bandaging Homelessness Makes it Worse

By James Whitford published in the Joplin Globe November 8, 2015 For 10 years, I practiced wound care. I’ve probed, irrigated, and cut dead tissue out of the nastiest ulcers and cavities imaginable. I could ...

Old Techniques Good for Today

By James Whitford published in the Joplin Globe Sept 13, 2015 Last month, the Foundation for Government Accountability published a paper titled “SNAP To It: Restoring Work Requirements Will Help Solve the Food ...

The Rising Cost of Social Security Disability Insurance

Excerpted from “Policy Analysis” Newsletter from the CATO Institute. Written by Tad DeHaven – Originally Published August 6, 2013 Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is one of the largest ...

Less Welfare, More Charity

Published on 8-23-14 Excerpted from the CATO Institute (www.cato.org). Written by Michael D. Tanner – Originally Published on www.nationalreview.com, August 20, 2014 In 1985, wealthy New York businessman ...

Where Empowerment Begins

James Whitford, Executive Director Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission – Published in The Joplin Globe, April 30, 2014   I recall a trip to Grand Rapids where mission and church leaders around the ...