Skip to comments.United Way Hopes Poor Seen in New Light
Posted on 09/08/2005 8:07:54 AM PDT by Millee
The neglect of the nation's poor that has become so evident in New Orleans is happening in other major cities as well, the head of the United Way said Wednesday.
"This is a wake-up call for America," said Brian Gallagher, president and chief executive officer of United Way of America, which has taken a lead role in resettling tens of thousands of Hurricane Katrina survivors.
Gallagher and other leaders of charitable groups met with President Bush on Tuesday to plead for a long-term solution.
Gallagher said he told Bush a commitment to spend billions of dollars on flood walls, hotels and casinos must be met with billions more spent on human infrastructure such as mixed-income housing, community policing, green space and other needs.
"It would be a moral mistake to rebuild certain neighborhoods back the way they were, and economically it would be a mistake," Gallagher said.
"While New Orleans poverty numbers are extreme, they are not vastly different than the majority of major cities in America," he said.
Gallagher said Bush told the group the hurricane-damaged area would get long-term attention, not just a Band-Aid response.
United Way, the nation's largest privately funded nonprofit with $4 billion in annual fundraising, has received as much as $20 million in new donations since the hurricane hit, Gallagher said.
It must be said......who is in charge in most inner cities? Democrats/Socialists......put Churches in charge and watch these areas change...... what's that saying.....DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER IS THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY....
The neglect of the nation's poor that has become so evident
We have given TRILLIONS of dollars to the poor and still have them... Why not ask after paying them so much, they have done nothing to help themselves or the rest of society?
Why hasn't anyone ever thought of this before?
I am seeing a subset of the poor in a stronger version of an old light - the rabble. It's one thing to be what I would term honorable poor. That's the old fashioned way that people would cope with poverty. Whereas, this subset are more like self induced poor - blacks who refuse to learn, assimilate, act in a socially acceptable manner because their friends raz them about "being too white" or being "Uncle Toms," as well as the general welfare dependency culture (true for all ethnic and racial backgrounds among the rabble), and just a generally sick way of life. Sorry if this offends, but I make a distinction between the honorable poor and the rabble.
Another reason why I don't give money to the United Way. My main beef with them, though, is the way they try to get your boss to coax you into "Voluntary" donations.
That's unfortunate. Donations can be much better directed than via the United Way.
The private sector is much better at designing "human infrastructure" that does not turn into murderous slum Hell-holes than any government agency, especially that cesspool of socialist bureaucrats named "HUD."
I don't need lectures from the UW.
I see the poor as victimized by incompetent Democrats.
I thought Lyndon Johnson and the democrats eliminated poverty forty years ago. Silly me.
Ungrateful, money-grubbing bastard.
The United Way can go to hell.
"I see the poor as victimized by incompetent Democrats."
Hey, get with the program.
Charity isn't limited to just giving away other people's money.
How long has the "war on poverty" been going on? With, apparently, no effect whatever. So here's the answer: keep throwing money at it. Yeah. That always works.
Further, America saw the ugliest side of people and yes, we never knew that people would be praying on each other rather than organizing to help each other.
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