I'm an atheist and have spent over 12 years helping people with special and complex educational and learning needs as well as young people who are 'disengaged' with so called mainstream society.
Life's not too bad, sill trying to get over a bit of ill health, but on the mend. I liked your replies to some of the critics of your post. Helping people to improve their quality of life is the important point. Some believers, not all, will only help people of their own 'faith'. A lot of people with mental health issues are being persuaded to do voluntary work for various churches in my town. These are vulnerable people, often with Bi-Polar Disorder who become even more confused and find their condition(s) deteriorate even further. There is also a programme for class A drug addicts to help with voluntary work at churches to help them 're-integrate' into society (along with Methadone Replacement Therapy, which is clearly not working and costing Scotland over £15 million per year). Both the Government and the Church don't seem to realise, that in most cases, the addicts are just taking the piss to keep their benefits and the DWP off their backs. And that a church is almost the perfect place to meet other drug users and conduct drug related transactions. The majority of Scots are drifting away from the 'Church' and the church of Scotland is desperate to add to their dwindling congregations. They are closing and demolishing a large number of churches and selling the land for private, middle class housing development. The CoS has millions invested in various businesses of dubious moral and ethical standards and to a large extent do little or nothing to help the poor and underprivileged. Most, but not all, 'believers' are either hypocrites or extremely naïve and looking for a 'reward' after they are dead.
Keep on with the posts. Hope you are good.