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The Night Stay Experience

This is a guest post by Hayden Blythe, Director of Hope for Suffolk After last week, I was pretty tired... and I know some of you were too!  On Wednesday we finished hosting our first week of the Night Stay Shelter, a rotating homeless shelter run by the Coalition...

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Relational Discipleship, Part 2

Relational Discipleship, Part 2

Welcome back to our blog posts on Discipleship! We hope that you gleaned Biblical knowledge from “Discipleship Part 1.” The focus of this post will be community. As a result of sin, each human being has poverty of the soul. Each one longs to be restored to perfect...

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Relational Discipleship, Part 1

Relational Discipleship, Part 1

In previous posts, we have discussed poverty and relief. When Helping Hurts states, “Poverty reaches into more of humanity than the material. There is a poverty of soul and spirit that also needs ministry.” The ministry of CAPS delights in seeing our clients find...

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How to Avoid Paternalism

How to Avoid Paternalism

In our discussions of relief and rehabilitation, we need to also discuss how we can avoid paternalism. Paternalism is, in essence, doing things for people that they can do for themselves. We should avoid it like the plague. As our resource puts it: “Avoid Paternalism....

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“Repairers of the Breach”

“Repairers of the Breach”

Continuing on our theme of poverty alleviation through relief, rehabilitation and development, consider this excerpt from Corbett and Fikkert’s When Helping Hurts: “Once relief efforts have stopped the bleeding, it is time to move quickly into rehabilitation, working...

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What is a “Coalition Against Poverty?”

What is a “Coalition Against Poverty?”

In 2012 a group of churches in the city of Suffolk formed an alliance--a coalition against poverty--to more effectively provide immediate financial assistance to people in our city experiencing a financial crisis. Since that time, through the generous support of this...

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Suffolk Community Dental Day

Suffolk Community Dental Day

Presented by Riverfront Dentistry, ONE DAY ONLY! Thursday, October 28, 2021, 9am - 1pm 5131 River Club Rd., Ste. 220, Suffolk, VA 23435 Supporting those in our community who are uninsured and unable to afford dental work. Dr. Elgohary and his experienced team are...

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Letter to the Board Regarding COVID-19

Letter to the Board Regarding COVID-19

March 16, 2020 Fellow CAPS members, I wanted to provide you with a brief update since we will not be meeting tonight. Our executive team has been working diligently over the past several days to determine how we can best continue our CAPS mission while aligning as...

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Coronavirus and CAPS Night Stay

Coronavirus and CAPS Night Stay

UPDATE: We will be shutting down the season on March 25.  Our last night of sheltering will be March 24.  The CAPS Executive Board met to discuss the best way to handle our Night Stay Shelter during this crisis.  There was much discussion on how to proceed and how to...

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