Faith Leaders Rally to Address Homelessness
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 16, 2018 at 9:37 AM
I recently convened the leaders of faith-based groups and non-profits from across our council district to build a network of organizations. All faiths teach us that we are to treat others how we ourselves wish to be treated. This makes them a critical partner as work to resolve a very difficult and entrenched problem for our city.
During the event we asked members of assembled groups to share what their faith teaches us about how we approach an issue like homelessness. Their answers were a resounding voice of compassion and offering of dignity for others.
The purpose of this event was to do an inventory of all the resources and programs every church, synagogue, temple, and mosque already performs for homeless individuals as well as what they wish to add to their programming and how was can share that with each other and the community at large. We will use this information to develop a Help App that will let everyone know what resources are available in their community.
Working groups made up of different faith institutions also developed strategies of how each could collaborate and complement each other's work with facilities, resources, volunteer power, and services to those experiencing homelessness.
Together these groups can develop a powerful network to ensure that those in need can access care and we can begin to put them on the road to recovery.
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