Finally Allowed to Live in a Shelter

By: Gligor Tashkovich (United States) What a relief; it is finally done. It took me 10-11 months of pretty consistent effort (when I wasn’t travelling) but I finally escorted the street-homeless couple Nadine and Jeffrey in a taxi to the shelter for adult families over at 30th Street and First Avenue. (The cab driver was fit…

Katrina, 10 Years After: “Not Meant to Live like This”

In the months following Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the Gulf Coast in 2005, ATD Fourth World Volunteer Corps members based in New Orleans traveled the southern United States to reconnect with displaced members and re-establish a network of support. Dispersed as they were across six states in shelters and emergency housing, the members of ATD…

Questioning the Demise of New York’s Black Community

By Andre Powe (United States) On October 17, 2013, I was among ATD Fourth World’s delegation at the United Nations in New York, where we took part in ceremonies marking the International Day of Overcoming Poverty.  It being sunny, I walked north afterward, joined by another member of the group, a younger African American gentleman…

Baltimore and Non Sequiturs

By Detrich Peeler (Morocco) Today’s vocabulary lesson Non sequitur: a conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement. Example: Black person: We want the police to stop shooting our unarmed black men, we want transparency, accountability and justice. White person: What about the culture of criminality, low test scores…