The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. Proverbs 29:7
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:8-9
Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him (her), “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:15-17
When I became involved in working with homeless women about 18 years ago, I was very naive about the obstacles they faced. Many came from broken homes riddled with addictions and abuse. They had little education, few job skills, no sense of worth, and children to support.
Even those who could find jobs were not paid enough to support their families.
God planted the seed in me to help, and so, with His provision, I helped build a new long-term home for homeless women and children. It became apparent to me, that though the home was beautiful and spacious, still more support was needed. And so, first fruits was born. Our goal is to give a helping hand to women on the road to recovery, to provide work and to ease the burdens of poverty.
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The following is an excerpt from the National Women’s Law Center newsletter:
“Millions of women are single mothers working in low wage jobs to support their families. One in five households is headed by a single working mother. Many of those single mothers work in low-wage jobs: women represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers, and 22 percent of minimum wage workers are women of color. What does that mean for these women and their families? A woman working full time, year round at the federal minimum wage earns just $14,500—more than $4,000 below the poverty line for a family of three. And all too often, workers cannot get enough hours at their jobs to make ends meet.
Many women end up juggling more than one low-wage job just to get by. But to complicate things further, women in low-wage jobs face scheduling challenges that make it difficult to meet their responsibilities outside work. Securing reliable child care or taking care of a sick child becomes even more difficult when workers are assigned shifts just a day or two ahead of time or are required to be on call for long periods of time. With unlivable wages and unpredictable scheduling, the odds are stacked against women in low-wage jobs and their families.”