After reading the Blaze’s report about Liza’s Place and Hope Home, two women’s shelters in Colorado that have lost federal funding because of mandatory Bible studies, Glenn Beck decided to take action.
While speaking on-air with Marilyn Vyzourek, the founder and executive director of the faith-based shelters, he generously donated $55,000 to replace the lost, government monies.
Prior to Beck’s inspiring announcement, Vyzourek explained the choice she had been given: “They said I needed to cut down on my Bible studies…or they would terminate my funding.”
The Christian portion of the shelter program is essential, she said. “Only Jesus can heal a human heart. These ladies need these Bible studies more than anything else,” Vyzourek told Beck.
She went on to say that the women at these shelters work diligently to rebuild their lives and described some of the activities that the women partake in. Aside from volunteering 16 hours per week at a thrift store, they do written Bible studies, take parenting and cooking classes and work to create a life for themselves beyond the shelters’ doors.
After hearing about the total sum ($55,000) that the group lost and after learning that yet another staff member was going to be let go, Beck said, “We’re going to send you a check for $55,000. My wife and I would like to make sure that you don’t lay any more people off and you keep those doors open.”
“Praise God!,” she responded, pledging to put the money to good use.
Following this discussion, Stu Burguiere, Beck’s radio producer, sarcastically asked, “What government program just mandated that you did that?” Here was Beck’s passionate response:
“You know what did that — capitalism. I have made money. I have worked hard. I have done the things that put me in a situation to where I can make money. And then my wife and I decide what do to with that money.
And if the government doesn’t think that a faith-based charity should get any money, well then it is up to me, an individual who believes in small government, to make up the difference.”
That led the team to play to a comedy bit involving a cattle prod, after Beck asked what’s really behind the funding cut: “What are they afraid of. You talk about Jesus. What — are you going to have a cattle prod?”
Watch the video, below, to hear the entire discussion:
An inspiring morning on the radio show, to say the least (find out more about these shelters here).