Worldwide half of the population lives on less than $2 a day. In the United States, 46 million people live at or below the poverty line. When a family becomes trapped in poverty, the cycle can quickly take root, generation after generation. But, where the cycle of poverty runs deep, neighborhoods often lack the community programs that help lift people out of poverty for good.
Attack Poverty does just that – attacks poverty from every angle. Recognizing that it’s never one issue that leads someone to poverty, Attack Poverty provides spiritual growth, education, revitalization, and basic needs to empower people to break the cycle of poverty. Attack Poverty takes a local approach by partnering with local churches, residents, community organizations, and stakeholders to strengthen under-resourced communities. These partnerships are called “Friends Initiatives” and are long-term commitments that require mutual relationships and collaborative efforts to promote complete community transformation. In each community, Attack Poverty seeks to build trust through committed relationships of integrity, empower individuals to break out of poverty, involve the community through collaborative partnerships, strengthen a platform to put faith into action, and restore families and neighborhoods to the wholeness and flourishing of God’s design.
Each initiative includes a variety of holistic services to meet the unique needs of neighbors. Services range from in-school student support, after school programs, GED preparation, job readiness training, financial literacy, home repair, and safe water projects. The holistic services are key, but relationships build the foundation of the organization. With the belief that relationships that last have the power to break down barriers, address issues, and change lives, Attack Poverty connects people from all walks of life in their journey to empower people in under-resourced communities. More than clients, each person served by an Attack Poverty initiative is a friend.
The driving force in their journey to revitalize neighborhoods is a restoration of peace and flourishing, finding ways to help broken people become whole again. The transformation is tangible as neighbors start caring for their homes, kids have a safe place to go after school, and a community becomes a home for its residents.
Richard Logan was serving as River Pointe Church’s first missions pastor in Richmond, Texas, when he felt called to serve an under-resourced community in his city. Only five miles down the road and across the tracks, he encountered a community entrenched in generational poverty. After talking extensively with city leaders, stakeholders, residents, and pastors, Friends of North Richmond was born! In an effort to mobilize more churches and set the stage for future growth, Richard Logan founded Attack Poverty, a nonprofit organization, in 2011.
Today, Attack Poverty currently runs four initiatives: Friends of North Richmond (Richmond, TX), Friends of North Rosenberg (Rosenberg, TX), Friends of Sundown (Katy, TX), and Friends of Uganda (Rushere, Uganda). They are working to launch a fifth initiative, Friends of Northside Village in Houston this year. They have an affiliate organization in the community of Four Corners, Texas.
Attack Poverty is a 2017 S+ Catalyst. Through participation in the Catalyst Program, Attack Poverty receives training from industry experts in organizational development, branding, measurement and growth, and strategic relationships to amplify their impact and strategically expand their reach.