All or most of Myrtle Beach area charities are being or were forced to join New Directions if they wish to keep recieving funding from the city. New Directions was set up as an, "umbrella organization [...] to coordinate all groups in the city that deal with the homeless population." However, once an orginization joins they no longer have their own budget or their own board of directors. This hinders orginizations from making their own decisions based on what they might need.
via My Horry News:
Leath said the goals of the new umbrella organization was based on the book “Toxic Charity” which says groups should not give services freely but that recipients should pay for or earn what they get.
“We need to get away from giving things to people,” Leath said.
Mayor John Rohdes agrees with the City Council saying, "We have got to get a grip on the homeless situation [...] If they can walk around with bottles of wine, cigarettes and a cell phone, they can pay for a meal.” It seems some need a refresher in what the definition of charity is:
- 1: benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity
- 2: a : generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also : aid given to those in need
b : an institution engaged in relief of the poor
c : public provision for the relief of the needy
- 3: a : a gift for public benevolent purposes
b : an institution (as a hospital) founded by such a gift
- 4: lenient judgment of others
No where in that definition does it say anything about "teaching a lesson" or "covering costs". But some groups, like The Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach are trying to "go-it on their own", Read My Horry News' full write-up here.
If you would like to donate to The Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach and help them keep their doors open without the needed funds from the city check out their website here.