Volunteers urged to ‘reimagine charity’

Most charities help people in need through “one-way giving,” where nothing is expected of the individuals receiving assistance.

This model eventually hurts both the organization and the client by leading the needy to dependence and the giver to resentment, said Jim Wehner, who spoke to about 

80 volunteers and staff members of local service agencies Nov. 4.

Wehner, president of the Atlanta-based Focused Community Strategies, asked his listeners to “reimagine charity” during a seminar he gave at St. Gabriel Church.

The seminar asked participants to consider how they can serve people in need while both honoring the client’s dignity and avoiding dependence.

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