Registering a Pulse for the Poor

There is a vibration being picked up by many leaders, signaling a growing swell of Jesus-led compassionate social activism. Many non-profits are still feeling the impact of a poor economy -- an environment characterized by a moribund political system and a society increasingly known for its disparity between the haves and have-nots.  But, there’s hope.This weekend I went to Portland for the 2012 Justice Conference. Initiated last year in partnership with Kiln's College, Christian de … [Read more...]

Businessman Turned Strategist Leads Retreat Center for Special Needs Children

Cameron Doolittle has been President and CEO of Jill's House since November 2010.

Salt Shaker Spotlight:  Cameron Doolittle, President and CEO of Jill’s HouseEarlier this week we featured the wonderful work of Jill’s House, a resort-style overnight respite center in Vienna, Virginia for children with intellectual disabilities and their siblings.  Since its launch in October 2010, this 42,000-square-foot center has served nearly 200 families and has provided more than 40,000 hours of respite care, offering unique recreational opportunities for special needs kids while givin … [Read more...]

A Special Gift of Time

Lon and Brenda Solomon founded Jill's House to honor their daughter Jill and help other families of children with intellectual disabilities.

Overworked and underslept. Most parents just want a good night’s sleep so they can function oh-so-much better.  But if multitasking is difficult for most moms and dads, imagine the compounded challenges of parenting a special needs child.There are 16.8 million families in America with special needs children, and these parents must constantly be “on alert.”  Frequently, they struggle to balance basic care for their special needs child with the activities of other children.  The U.S. Departme … [Read more...]

27 Million Reasons to Raise Your Voice for Freedom

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Did you know that an estimated 27 million slaves exist in the world today?  Yes, you read that correctly.  There are more slaves in the world today than ever before in human history.  Twenty-seven million slaves, and three out of four of them are women. In 2012, it is projected that over 800,000 people will be sex-trafficked; 80 percent of them will be female and 50 percent will be children.  Today, human trafficking is the second largest and fasted growing global organized crime, and it’s happen … [Read more...]

Eliminating Awkward

Homeless man

It was the close of a “compassion themed” Christian small group and the facilitator attempted to lay out action steps for an already overbooked assortment of executive level couples. The groups take-away, highlighting Jesus extravagant sensitivity to human need was obvious enough, but the Biblical prescription in practical terms seemed threatening, even potentially dangerous. You could feel the tension in the closing responses from various members honestly relating how acts of compassion seem ove … [Read more...]

So, How’d We Do?

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In a private moment some distance from a room delightfully "trashed" with discarded Sally Foster, couches askew, small piles of treasures left untended... we ask the same question every year."So how'd we do?"We're not measuring personal wealth, family status, or how well we made out under the tree compared to last Christmas. And for us, it's not an awkward question which leads to an uncomfortable dialogue filled with either self gratification or loathing. We are a family who feels we've … [Read more...]

Capture Their World

Young Photographer

Child psychologists are in agreement there’s a time when youngsters differentiate themselves from their surroundings, recognizing that their actions are theirs alone as they toddle into the first steps of empowered responsibility. Taking advantage of digital photography’s tech advancements, not to mention the diminishing costs associated with these ever-smaller image makers during the holiday season, my wife have put cameras under the Christmas tree for each of our kids as they step into this ne … [Read more...]


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