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Have Faith In Debt Charities: More People Are Turning To Organisations Which Help The Poor
24th December 2011
Neasa MacErlean | The Independent
Charities which help the poor and indebted, particularly religious ones, expect to be busier than ever in 2012. January and February are going to be particularly busy months for them as more impoverished individuals and families seek help. Christmas is often a turning point for people with debts; in the cold light of January many decide they need advice.
Non-believers may not like the idea of going to faith charities for assistance, but those organisations are willing to help where they can and some, such as the 146-year old Salvation Army, have an extraordinary track record. These charities – whether Jewish, Hindu, Christian or of other faiths – often have organisational capabilities and networks and a clear sense of mission that make them well-suited to providing practical philanthropy.
Ordinary people who are down on their luck can often find help here. The main barrier is frequently a simple lack of knowledge about these organisations. Once contact is made, however, these bodies can provide a range of services from food parcels and clothes to debt advice and job clubs.
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