Yes, there are dedicated public servants. Many government people care deeply about their “client populations.” But by its very nature, any government program for the poor is removed from the people it serves. The people who collect the checks routinely become a name and a number, not a face and a personality. They’re a mouth and an outstretched hand, not a mind and a soul.
Take Bob, an alcoholic that FBC helped. Abandoned by his mother as a child, he later learned she adopted two girls. “Since then I never felt I was worthy of anybody’s love,” he said. He turned to substance abuse in a vain effort to fill “a huge hole in my heart.” FBC didn’t just feed him and give him a bed. They worked with him, emotionally and spiritually, to help heal this poor man.
Upon graduating from FBC’s program, Bob remarked, “Now I feel worthy of God’s love, and that makes me able to love others for the first time.”
A government program can’t do that. Only people can.
Whose job is it to help? It’s ours.