Carl DeLine

Why This Blog?!

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In 1988 we asked young people to seek an alternative to street life. The process to achieve this task would involve a series of experimental steps. As each young person identified a potential task to work on, an alternative to street was identified. Once the potential alternative was identified a $15 bonus was given. This […]

Handbook for the Use of Contracts and Bonuses

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Focus: It is intended that each person using this contract and bonus process is moving toward both self-direction and self-sufficiency. If for whatever reason that is not possible then each person is to be encouraged to move toward a supportive community to help nurture a healthy life style. If you are someone helping another person […]

Ever Just Feel Like Yelling Stop?

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“As millions of people seek government aid, many for the first time, they are finding it dispensed American style: through a jumble of disconnected programs that reach some and reject others, often for reasons of geography or chance rather than differences in need.” * How often have you heard the statement, “We may not be […]

April 1: No Joking Matter…

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One evening the telephone rang. It was late on Saturday. I was a young preacher at the time. The voice on the other end of the line was somewhat panicked. “Would you be able to preach for me tomorrow?” “Yes, I am available,” was my response. Then it dawned on me. Tomorrow is a very […]

Dream the Impossible Dream!

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Many years ago I sat across the table from an elderly gentleman. He reached across and put his hand on mine and said, “Wasn’t that wonderful when that young lady sang? She has such a beautiful voice. When she sings she believes what she is saying.” The young lady sang in church. She had found […]

March Madness Is About to Begin

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A few years back I had just left the doctor’s office. He told me that I should rest, take my medication and rest. My lungs were acting up again. Since the late 70’s I have lived with sarcoidosis. The cure, prednisone. Not much of a cure I am afraid to say, but without it sarcoid […]

It’s Not About the Money, or Is It?

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It was a cold day in Calgary. The sun was hidden behind the clouds. The word was on the street, go to this youth project and get $15. Who would get on the train, ride through multiple communities just to get $15? That question is being asked all over the world these days. Oxfam, Unicef, […]

…And the Beat Goes On!

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The cash transfer programs have become a very positive way to deal with empowering people to make positive strides in their lives. Once Mexico adopted this process many others came on board. New York: In a September 2007 Work Bank Presentation an initiative using Cash Transfer Payments spearheaded by Mayor Bloomberg is presented in clear […]

CTP’s and the Rest of the World!

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Hallelujah, let’s have a party. People investing in people. Let’s get all excited and see what can be learned when people invest in people. The World Bank is picking up on the work of others and helping to carry it to impoverished communities. Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) Mexico: Mexico’s Oportunidades Program Description: The World Bank […]

Where We Fit In “CTP” and the World Bank

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The World Bank has identified the use of “Cash Transfer Payments” as a way to bring change in people’s lives. This is the starting point for us. In 1988 when The Back Door staff began using cash bonuses this was considered very risky and outside the traditional way of thinking. As a person follows the […]