Dr. Larry James of Central Dallas Ministries on treating the poor as "clients" for social work:
People who are hungry, "poor," homeless, ill, abandoned, strangers--the list goes on and on as we think about the possibilities attached to being human--don't need professionalism or "service" or case management as much as they need to be treated like "regular people."
Poverty, he says, elsewhere, is not political. It is a matter of values. Dr. James's message and practice is that of the gospels.