What do you do when you see a person or family who has a genuine need that you don't have the resources to take care of? You know something needs to be done to help, but your resourses are very limited. You will do what you can, but that will not actually care for the need unless other resources are available to help meet the need. A family is living in a home that has no heat, and these winter conditions are making life tough for them. You can maybe buy a heater, and that will help, but it will not heat the house. Who do you go to for further assistence? Is there help out there that actrually takes care of needs, rather than just being kind enough to look like they are helpoing? There are real needs out there. People do have limits in their ability to reach out and fully meet needs. What is the solution? Where do you go? Sometimes a person has gotten themselves in a mess because of bad choices, and now they cannot seem to get out of the pitt. Sometimes a need is on going. How do we deal with a situation that will take a long term form of assistence? I am asking about what is real, and needs that, if assisted, can change lives. How much are we willing to go out of our way to help? Are we willing to do that at all? You know people with needs, and so do I. I'd like to hear about how some of you have actually been able to enter those situations and make a difference. This is a real world, there are real and serione needs out there, the recession is real, and people are greatly effected. Do Americans reach out to help Americans? Neighbors for neighbors? I am asking because I want to start a ministry that will deal with this very life issue. Your answers can help to form a plan that just might work.