Poverty Affects Everything
Access To Basic Needs
Food, shelter, clothing, education and employment are resources often not available to those in poverty. Not having access to these vital resources places an individual into survival mode, desperate to have their needs met.
Homelessness is one of the most crippling effects of poverty. Homelessness places you in survival mode and at risk of crime, sickness, addiction and mental illness. Without a safe place to land, restoration can not happen.
Addiction is rampant among the poor. Escape from pain and suffering, the inability to cope and the need to survive all drive a person into addiction, and the cycle of poverty is so crippling that it often causes individuals to turn to substances and behaviors that make false promises of easing the pressure.
Poverty, homelessness and survival can often be found as the root cause of criminal activity. Generational poverty can breed criminal behaviors that are passed down through the family line. Survival,a lack of resources and addictive drug habits can cause a person to resort to desperate measures in order to have their needs met. This behavior can then become habitual, causing an individual to become a criminal.
Poverty can define a person. Living in lack and feeling the stigma of society’s view of poverty and homelessness can have a devastating effect on a person’s view of themselves. If your identity is dictated by your circumstances, lack of physical resources, lack of relationships and inability to change your reality, your sense of self will be skewed. With an unhealthy self-identity, you lack the encouragement and drive to take steps that lead to freedom. Your identity, who you believe you are and what you believe you are worth, directly affects your future.
Restoration Changes Everything
A relationship with God and access to safe, healthy relationships is the fuel of restoration. Access to vital relationships directly impacts a person’s identity, their self-esteem, their emotional health and their future.
In order for full restoration to happen in a person’s life, their basic needs must be met. A restored life begins with a healthy and safe place to live, access to food and clothing and the ability to pursue education and become employed. When these are met, a person is freed up to begin the journey to the life that God created for them.
Recovery is an important step in the restoration of a person’s life. Addiction must be dealt with for a person to be truly free. Recovery is not limited to substance abuse. Recovery from mental illness, trauma, exploitation and the many side effects of poverty allows a person to be fully restored, knowing who they are and what they are capable of becoming. A recovered life is one with wide open freedom and the ability to find self-sufficiency.