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Finding Home in the Promised Land: A Personal History of Homelessness and Social Exile

Finding Home in the Promised Land: A Personal History of Homelessness and Social Exile

by Jane Harris


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Finding Home in the Promised Land is the fruit of Jane Harris's journey through the wilderness of social exile after a violent crime left her injured and tumbling down the social ladder toward homelessness -for the second time in her life—in 2013. Her Scottish great-great grandmother Barbaràs portrait opens the door into pre-Confederation Canada. Her own story lights our journey through 21st Century Canada. She asks why Canadians fell into accepting diminished dreams, and ignoring the obvious—that trauma and poverty are inextricably linked, and it is social exiles who fall through the cracks. She asks why Canada, a nation of exiles driven to create their own Promised Land came to accept first poor houses; then soup kitchens, food banks, shelters, and silent suffering class of working poor? Why did charity, another word for love, become cold bureaucracy? She uncovers that sad truth, that the taxes and charitable gifts the prosperous among us pay as tolls to avoid looking at the poor, fix nothing. Instead, they fund a poverty industry that keeps the dispossessed in an exile thornier than any back bush squatter's camp. But she also uncovers a path out of the bureaucratic wilderness that could eliminate social exile in Canada.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927922118
Publisher: J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jane Harris turns complex research into engaging scenes and easily understood messages. Finding Home in the Promised Land is her second book to be published by J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing. The first, Eugenics and the Firewall: Canada's Nasty Little Secret was published in 2010. Jane has also contributed to two Canadian anthologies. Her articles about business, personal finance, history, faith, politics and social issues have appeared in more than a dozen publications including the Winnipeg Free Press, Canadian Capital, The National Post, Alberta Views, Alberta Venture, Lethbridge Herald, and The Anglican Planet.

Table of Contents

I The Promise on My Mantle 9

II The Wilderness 13

Beginnings 13

How Did It Come to This? 15

The Meaning of Exile 19

III Fool's Paradise (Lost Again) 37

Just When You Think You Might Be Home 37

Not a New Story 47

IV Driving Past the Poorhouse 55

When Promises Could Not Be Kept 55

Our 21st-Century Poverty Industry 73

V Hacking Our Way out of the Wilderness 119

A Little Cup of Kindness (The Political) 120

Scream Louder (The Personal) 125

When What You Wish Isn't What They Want 130

VI Finding Home 137

Bibliography 141

Endnotes 157

Index 185

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