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Conference Will Focus On Decency Principles

There has been a recent push by the government for welfare recipients to find jobs and get off the rolls. Often what happens, however, is many become the working poor with quality child care, health care and housing still difficult to obtain.

Nancy Amidei, organizer of the Decency Principles Project, is coming to Spokane to tell the business community and others how to change this.

The Greater Spokane Coalition Against Poverty and The Spokane Council of Ecumenical Ministries will present “A Roof Over My Head and a Paycheck in My Pocket,” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute.

Amidei, a senior lecturer at the University of Washington School of Social Work, will be the keynote speaker. Detroit, Salt Lake City, St. Louis and Seattle are among cities to have adopted the Decency Principles Project, which states people who work full-time shouldn’t be poor.

The project considers four major questions: Do workers earn a living wage, receive health coverage pro-rated for less than full-time work, have access to affordable housing and safe and affordable child care?

The Nov. 5 conference will feature one panel discussion on Spokane’s housing situation and another on jobs, wages, job training and child care.

During the luncheon, the Coalition Against Poverty will present awards to businesses already practicing decency principles.

Cost of the event is $20 if registration is received before Nov. 1; or $25 at the door. Lunch only is $15. Scholarships are available. For more information, call 624-5156.

A concert of prayer

The Greater Spokane Association of Evangelicals, March for Jesus USA, and Concerts of Prayer International are sponsoring a citywide National Concert of Prayer at 7 p.m. today at First Assembly of God Church, 828 W. Indiana.

The annual service will bring together Christians of all faiths to pray for spiritual awakening in America. Similar events will be held in churches all over the country.

African Children’s Choir

The African Children’s Choir will be in concert next week in Lewiston and Moscow, Idaho.

The choir of African orphans was formed 10 years ago by Ray Barnett, president of Friends in the West, a Christian humanitarian organization. Proceeds from the early concerts helped build and support homes and schools for orphans in Uganda.

Friends in the West now helps shelter, feed and educate more than 5,000 orphaned children in Kenya and Uganda, and has reached out to children in other needy countries, including Albania and Romania. The organization has recently turned its attention to Bosnia and Croatia.

At 7 p.m., Wednesday, the choir will perform at the Valley Christian Center in Lewiston; and at 7:30 p.m., Friday, at the Moscow Church of the Nazarene, 1400 E. Seventh.

A golden anniversary

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Our Lady of the Lake, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special Mass at 10:30 this morning at St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church, 919 Indiana in Coeur d’Alene.

“Fifty Golden Years, a Glorious Heritage, a Challenging Future” is the theme for the noon luncheon at The Coeur d’Alene Inn and Convention Center, with Bonnie McDowell, state regent, as emcee. The Most Rev. Tod D. Brown will be the guest speaker.