Beth Lindsay Templeton
After 24 years of directing the non-profit United Ministries, Beth Lindsay Templeton stepped down from the director's role to teach, preach and write about the lessons she learned working for poverty alleviation. And so Our Eyes Were Opened was born. For five years, the program was part of United Ministries but in May, 2012, the program had grown to the point of becoming its own corporation.
Since Our Eyes Were Opened began in 2007, it has educated over 14,000 people through our workshops, simulations, the books Loving Our Neighbor and Understanding Poverty in the Classroom. Beth has also written a book, Conversations on the Porch.We offer interactive learning experiences to educators, community leaders, church congregations, college students, and corporations to help them become more aware of the needs and diversity of people who live in poverty.
We offer tools that help our participants flesh out their understanding of poverty not only for occasions when they want to volunteer, but also in the opportunities that come up in their daily lives with friends, family, employees, clients, or panhandlers who are in need.
Our Eyes Were Opened has already educated a variety of people about the realities of poverty, helping them to know where to start, how their gifts fit in, how to avoid burning out and getting burned.