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About the People We Will Serve...

posted Jan 30, 2011, 11:11 PM by Yu-Shuan Sho   [ updated Jan 31, 2011, 10:45 AM ]
Please send a few minutes to reflect and pray for them

The Homeless

According to a U.S. Department of Education report, more than 600,000 identified homeless students attended public schools in the 2003-2004 school years. These children are invisible. They will not be seen on rooftops in flood waters, trapped and afraid. Their desperate faces are not plastered across our televisions, moving the country to do something, anything, to help. They are survivors of a different and more subtle catastrophe than Katrina.

Undocumented Immigrants

Undocumented immigrants contribute to the tax rolls and the Social Security Trust Fund. The Social Security Administration has estimated that undocumented immigrants contribute approximately $8.5 billion in Social Security and Medicare funds each year.12 The Internal Revenue Service has determined that undocumented immigrants paid almost $50 billion in federal taxes from 1996 to 2003.  But despite high participation in the workforce, they are overrepresented in the highest-risk, lowest-paid jobs. Low-wage immigrant workers are concentrated in these sectors due to a number of factors, including educational background, work history and skills, limited English proficiency, and immigration status.One in five low-wage workers is an immigrant.  42% of immigrant working families have incomes below 200% of poverty, in comparison to 21% of native-born households.

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC)

According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, a federal law passed in 2000, any child under the age of 18 years old that is used for the purpose of exploitation through sexual servitude (prostitution), regardless of the absence of economic leverage, manipulation, fraud, coercion, threats, force and violence is considered a CSEC.  As many as 300,000 American youth may be at risk of commercial sexual exploitation at any time. The National Runaway Switchboard says that one-third of runaway youths in America will be lured into prostitution within 48 hours on the streets. Children who are sexually abused in earlier childhood are four times more likely to be trafficked.

People Lacking Access to Healthy and Affordable Food

The food system is failing to provide low-income people in urban communities with the healthy foods they need to thrive.  With a short supply of full-service grocery stores, many residents depend on liquor and convenience stores that carry mostly canned, processed, and poor quality foodstuffs and promote the consumption of candy, chips, liquor, and cigarettes. Limited access to healthful foods, especially fruits and vegetables is a primary contributor to the increasing rates of malnutrition, chronic disease and obesity among residents.  

Inner-Cities Youth

Inner-city youth face tremendous challenges from street violence, drugs, under-performing schools to families struggling with unsustainable wages, lack of affordable housing and healthcare, a dysfunctional prison system, and substance abuse,  Yet, this resilient bunch remains the hope and future of our world!  They are rising up, using their voices and creative energy to combat violence and discrimination, create positive change, and promote healing for their communitites.

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