7 Marks of Effective charity series

Mark #7: God

What role, if any, should faith play in poverty and addiction recovery? Does faith really help clients who are trying to improve their situation?

Have you ever wondered if you should refer clients to faith-based recovery programs? As a faith-based program, do you ever feel pressure to "tone down" the elements of faith in your programs?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the research surrounding faith-based recovery programs, dive into the heart of addiction and the hope for recovery, and examine the impact churches and faith-based charities have on the community as a whole.

You won't want to miss this final mark of effective charity!
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VP of Education ('20-'23)
True Charity Initiative


Executive Director
True Charity Initiative


Jeff Lofting, M.Ed.

Jeff first heard the concepts of "true charity" during the launch of the True Charity Initiative in 2012 at the inaugural Leadership Forum, after which he and his wife joined the TCI Education Committee. He and his wife relocated to Tokyo, Japan, the following year to work for the Department of Defense Education Activity but continued serving at a distance through designing multimedia to promote the philosophy of TCI and its events.

In 2020, Jeff and his family returned to the U.S., where he is now Director of Education for TCI. He earned his Master of Education in Information Science and Learning Technologies with the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2013.
Patrick Jones - Course author
Patrick Jones - Course author

Dr. James Whitford

James Whitford, CEO and founder of True Charity is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the first certified True Charity model in Joplin, Missouri, Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission. James earned his doctorate from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Physical Therapy after which he worked in the specialty field of wound care before his transition to full-time ministry work.
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