Poverty Group

Meeting Notes

Notes from May 2nd, 2019

Attendees: Steven Alexander, Sandra Alexander, Beth Keough, and Ross Halfant


Agenda Topics:

  • 'When Helping Hurts' book
    • Poverty through a religious (Chrisitan) perspective
  • Economic Innovation Group (EIG)
    • Distressed Communities Index
      • 7 measures ('snapshots including numbers of populations who live below the poverty line or lack high school diploma, etc.) taken from the United States Census Bureau
      • San Antonio varies by zip code/area:
        • Temple Beth-El (78212)
          • 2007-2011 = 66.4
          • 2012-2016 = 26.3
          • Difference of 40.1
          • What does this mean?
  • Where do we go from here? 
    • Ross led discussion on what H3 and community organizing at Temple can/could look like
    • We want to avoid a 'one and done' culture (which isn't bad, but isn't effective)
    • Need to focus on what people need rather than what we want
      • Relief, recovery, or development
    • Jewish people v. poverty
  • Problems:
    • Food Insecurity 
    • Breaking the Cycle of Poverty (exiting v. re-entry)
    • Poverty Education 
    • Alleviating policies tha thurt poverty-stricken areas
    • Political Action
  • Organizations to Research:
    • Adopt-A-Family at Temple
      • Family Service Association 
    • Meals on Wheels
    • Neighberhood Faith Convening 
    • Haven for Hope
    • SAMMinistries 
    • Jewish Family Services (JFS)

Future Events:

  • Holding community organizing lesson on May 5th
  • H3 Meeting – May 30 at 7 p.m.