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Weekly Reader August 30, 2019

Updated: Oct 9, 2019

By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer

1. When the school cafeteria is the only option for a healthy meal

By: WFAA, Teresa Woodard

"Sitting on her grandfather’s front porch, "my spot" as she calls it, she now has an adult’s perspective of the countless obstacles she and her family and friends faced trying to live a healthy life in their neighborhood.

“Everybody wants a Whole Foods or an Eatzi’s or something like that," she said. "In this neighborhood, you’re not going to find that."

Wells always relied on a Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus to get to and from school. To get to the store, she either rode a bus or walked and carried her groceries home.

The same thing is still happening in 75216.  And when it comes to restaurants, there are choices, but few are healthy.

“It is definitely a food desert," she said. "You’re going to get fried foods, barbecue. Anything that would be considered fresh, it’s not going to be in 75216 or anywhere near here.”

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2. As Foundations Reimagine Themselves, They Should Give Attention to DEI in Operations

By: Inside Philanthropy, Chantal Forster and Satonya Fair, Guest Contributors

"In recent years, foundations have been increasingly diversifying their ranks, especially on their program teams that identify societal concerns and work with grantees on solutions. Two years ago, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors released a report, “Diversity, Inclusion and Effective Philanthropy,” noting, “Philanthropists who want to increase impact and reduce waste are turning to diversity and inclusion as tools for effective giving.” Further, the report states that “when the concepts of diversity and inclusion are added to basic due diligence, the result can create a philanthropy that is both responsive and efficient.”

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3.Picking Up The Pieces: Five Ways The Tech Industry Can Help Fix The Homeless Crisis

By: Forbes, Richard Wang

"We need disruption in the fight against homelessness, just as the tech industry has disrupted shopping, music, and so many other industries. Sure, some proposed solutions may result in “egg-on-the-face” scenarios where companies shed light on issues they aggravated. But if we're willing to absorb the temporary PR hit, we can change the narrative by acknowledging the impact we've had on communities. Then, by working more closely with policymakers to develop meaningful solutions, companies can regain back the trust and respect of the communities where they live and work."

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4. More employers are considering hiring people with criminal records

By: Fast Company, Gwen Moran

"Swisher says that when people get out of prison, the odds are stacked against them. He is an advocate for hiring people with criminal convictions in their past—he calls them “second-chancers”—and encourages franchisees to do the same. When hiring for the corporate office, he vets candidates himself, which includes an in-depth interview and personality test. Two of the people with felony convictions that he has hired have become franchise owners. “Anybody can screw up, but these guys, they really are offered a good opportunity, [and] do not take it for granted because they know how hard it is for them to get another opportunity,” he says. Swisher says nearly 10% of the company’s workers—69 people across 78 franchises—are second-chance employees."

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5. Susan Stephens: Exodus Ministries

By: Dallas Doing Good, Jan Osborn

"Tell me about the program at Exodus.

It is not an easy program. You have to learn to be self-disciplined. You have to show up at a job every day, go to class at night and learn how to parent your children. All of our women have children, but most of them have experienced motherhood. Someone else has raised their children, tucked them in at night, while they have been living a different kind of life before prison and during incarceration.

Each weekday, this small group of mothers participates in scheduled events designed to provide life and job skills. They learn to be the best moms, citizens and employees possible. The regular classes include a 12-step recovery program, Bible study, parenting classes, and instruction in financial management and budgeting. Additional classes enrich and supplement the core curriculum, including self-defense, flower arranging, art, sewing, nutrition and fitness, as well as topical discussions relevant to the healing process in which each woman is engaged."

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6. How Shopping Sustainably is Good for Your Wallet and the World

By: Social Enterprise Alliance, Mirah Alix

"Switching to a sustainable lifestyle is absolutely possible, just take it one swap at a time! Here are a few eco-friendly products we love from social enterprises in the Social Enterprise Alliance community."

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