Lunch & Learn

The Person You Serve: The Foundation of Effective Charity Thursday, October 5 12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch is provided Please RSVP – $5 Donation is Recommended Location: Watered Gardens Willard Learning Center 531 S Kentucky Ave. Joplin, MO...
Crowding Out Compassion

Crowding Out Compassion

By James Whitford, published on www.heritage.org, July 2017 Jon stepped into my office with a confident stride that fits his tall, lanky, middle-aged frame. Men his size often intimidate, but the ease that accompanied him brought a peace into the room. He held a cup...
Charity Is No Part of the Government

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 hope that sounds strange to you. It should. The...
PSA Radio Spots- 2017

PSA Radio Spots- 2017

WateredGardens_Experiential_FreedomWateredGardens_PovertyTrapWateredGardens_StateControlWatered Gardens - Housing VouchersWatered Gardens - Neighbor ConnectJon's...
A True Charity Christmas

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 gravy. There were presents for everyone; more than...

Toxic Charity and Its Business Affiliations

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 century old building and then through the new annex and...
Poverty Demands more than Means-Tested Welfare

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 rapid chain-smoker sat hunched beside a ratty piece of...