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Poverty Study/Action Committee
The Poverty Committee focuses on study and action related to the problem of poverty in the Houston area. We are trying to learn about the many dimensions of poverty through reading, viewing short films and inviting guest speakers to our meetings. We are are seeking opportunities to help alleviate poverty in our city and surrounding areas. 

Committee meeting

Next Gathering: February 24th, 7:00 p.m., Zoom link available in committee email from Shawna 
The topic of Discussion will be taken from Module 5 of the Confronting Poverty website
"Why are the five background factors [of Poverty] so important?  As you explore and use the poverty risk calculator, you will quickly discover that the five background characteristics you are asked to select, make a significant difference in shaping the likelihood of experiencing poverty. These factors include education, race, gender, marital status, and age."

Three organizations that the committee works closely with are:
  • Angela House - The mission of Angela House is to successfully transition women into society after incarceration.
  • San Francisco Nativity School - Breaking the cycle of poverty through a quality Christian education: San Francisco Nativity Academy of Houston, a non-tuition based private Christian school, empowers low-income students to reach their full potential through a challenging curriculum, spiritual development and familial support within an extended day and extended year. 
  • TMO - The Metropolitan Organization is an organization of institutions that works with local policymakers to encourage them to speak and act for the common good of our local community. TMO focus issues include immigration, work, health, education, gun safely, and police reform.
To study different aspects of poverty, the committee holds book discussions open to all.

Next book: The Leavers by Lisa Ko 
"The Leavers, Lisa Ko’s quietly sensational debut novel about migration, deportation and contested citizenship, is the story of a boy abandoned in the US by his Chinese mother, and the dark, devastating truth behind it." Winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction
Book discussion on Feb 24, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome!!

Other books we are looking forward to reading in 2021:
  • The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom
  • The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You by Dina Nayeri
  • The Time is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage by Joan Chittister
  • No Place by Todd Strasser
Previously discussed books:
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. 
  • Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mothers Will to Survve by Stephanie Land 
  • The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillion
  • Revive Us Again by Rev William Barber

As the Dominican Family keeps growing, we rely on dedicated members to help us strengthen our mission. We accomplish this through the active participation of our members in our committees. Please contact Shawna Callaghan if you have any questions or wish to get involved.
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