Archive for the ‘Organizations’ Category

Dismanling Racism by Joseph Barndt, Author.  Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Books, 1991.Here is a book about racism in America, written “for white people and about white people . . . by a white person.”Joseph Barndt, defining racism as “prejudice plus power,” asserts that efforts against racism have often been incorrectly focused on minority populations rather than the majority. “The cause of racism is in the white society. The effects are felt in the communities of color,” he writes. Rather than attempting to soften the effects, we need to attack the cause.

The book examines individual, institutional, and cultural racism, and includes a section on racism and the church—with particular attention to the European American traditions inherited by white congregations, which Barndt refers to provocatively as a contemporary “circumcision crowd.” The author asks congregations to incorporate multicultural aspects in its worship before the congregation becomes multicultural and to work to achieve a pluralistic, not racist, witness to the world.

and consider that…

 “At the center of the Christian faith is the reminder that the time is
always right to do the right thing,” Turner said. “The church can and must
provide moral leadership that helps move the world’s nations into people of
transformation. The church has the capacity to transform itself to be an
agent of change, but this only happens when the church is engaged in the
struggle for justice.”

                                                                                                            -Rev. Otis Turner, 1996

 
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Here is a wonderful program in Hoffman Estates that serves homeless and at-risk moms and their.  These are moms in need of need of housing, support, serving, and most importantly, hope. Its a very worthwhile program in need of both moral and financial support. You can find further information at the following website.

http://www.fhcmoms.org/

Arloa Sutter is the Founder and Executive Director of Breakthrough Urban Ministries. Breakthrough restores broken networks by providing neighborhood-based holistic services to individuals and families in Chicago’s East Garfield Park community. For more information on Arloa Sutter and Breakthrough Urban Ministries please go to:

http://www.breakthrough.org/

and

http://arloasutter.com/

Breaking Ground is a faith community characterized by grace and truth that seeks and develops those who desire to become instruments of lasting change in their community.

Vision
Breaking Ground is a mission-driven not for profit organization building strong inner city communities through self-sustaining entrepreneurial programs and services.  We are a comprehensive community development corporation focused on transforming low income individuals and their communities by offering integrated real estate development, homeownership assistance, job training, and direct employment, along with client-centered services.

Find information about this transformative ministry at:

www.breakingground.net

A story about getting a second chance in the Chicago area. We believe in fresh coffee and fresh starts. We roast our Specialty Grade coffee fresh daily in small batches so you can enjoy the natural flavor and aroma of each bean. And we help ex-offenders get a fresh start by providing gainful employment, job training and a nurturing community of acceptance. Passion + purpose. It’s a beautiful thing.

See their website at:

http://www.ihaveabean.com/

See the Tribune story at:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-second-chance-coffee-w-zone-oct14,0,6010009.story

A great story about using soccer to fight gang violence in South Africa. Go to:

Also go the following ABC Nightline link:

http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/soccer-bars-south-african-prison-soccer-team-turns/story?id=11064441

 Each year the Lake County Jail releases approximately 1,000 women back into our community.  Ninety percent are single moms; 59% do not have high school diplomas, 47% are homeless (or have no positive, crime free place to return to) and only 20% had minimum wage jobs prior to incarceration.   Without positive intervention many of these ladies will return to the street economy drugs and prostitution to survive.  

The House That Grace Built provides intervention for these women at the critical time of being released from jail and provides them with options that include a safe place to live, job and office skills training, personal and spiritual growth and development, parenting skills, financial management and coping skills that will allow them to become self-sufficient and independent of the welfare system. See the website at:
  

http://www.thehousethatgracebuilt.com/

Here is a list of resources for men and women who are in jail, facing release, trying to find a job, and/or looking for vocational training.

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Billy Graham Center Institute for Prison Ministries: http://www.bgcprisonministries.com

Jewish Vocational Serviceshttp://www.jvschicago.org/ 

Prison Fellowship: http://prisonfellowship.org/pf_resources

Wayside Cross Ministries (transitional housing): http://www.waysidecross.org

Administer Justice (legal,tax, and reconciliation services): http://www.administerjustice.org/

Adonai House (housing): timlindquistwwjd@yahoo.com or phone 630.479.1612

Safer Foundation (employment): http://www.saferfoundation.org

Crossfire is in the process of beginning some Gangs Anonymous groups. if you’re trrying to deal with gang-related issues and could use some help in sorting through things, Gangs Anonymous may be able to help. The actual places that we will meet is dependent on the numbers of guys wanting to attend in various neighborhoods and the presence of someone to lead the groups. Groups will be available for men or women. If you are interested in being part of Gangs Anonymous in either of those capacities, please let us know by calling me at 773.294.8849 or e-mailing me at:

 rlg2@uchicago.edu

More than 1.7 million children across the USA have a parent in U.S. prisons, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The number of children with a father in prison grew by 77% from 1991 through mid-2007. And those children are two to three more times likely to wind up behind bars themselves, says Christopher Wildeman, a University of Michigan sociologist who has studied the effects of imprisoned parents.

To try to snap that trend, Angola and other prisons across the country sponsor two programs aimed at reconnecting prison dads with their children: Returning Hearts, a day-long carnival-like celebration where inmates spend eight hours with their kids, and Malachi Dads, a year-long training session that uses Bible passages to help improve inmates’ parenting skills. To find out more, see the links below:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-06-17-prison-dads_N.htm?csp=34news

http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2008/summer/12.13.html

http://www.pfi.org/cot/prison/offender/spiritual-care/lifeline-malachi-dads-awana-usa/?searchterm=None

http://awanalifeline.org/

I know I have a KLOVE widget on the left side of the webpage, but I wanted to give a shout out for my favorite radio Station. Its KLOVE and you can find it at fm 94.3 in Chicago (the call numbers will be different if you want to find it any place else in the country). Though the majority of the music is contemporary Christian in nature, offerings run the gamut from rap to soul. It has a great message and provides information on major music events all over the country, and more! It’s a great resource and I think you’ll like it so tune in and let me know. Here is the link so you can listen online:

http://www.klove.com/

Mission Statement:

Barrio Bonito has a mission to inspire economic growth, celebrate the strengths of inner-city communities, and empower urban youth to lead positive change amongst their peers. Barrio Bonito is dedicated to creating innovative employment opportunities for urban youth, by showcasing their artistic talents, encouraging their entrepreneurial spirit, providing interpersonal and career development education, and through strategic partnerships, offering them job placement services.

Objective:

Our primary objective is creating sustainable employment opportunities that increase the self-sufficiency of our participants and decrease the crime and violence associated with unemployment.

Goals:

 Barrio Bonito is a passion driven organization founded on a comprehensive model for Arts, Community, Entrepreneurship and Hope, constructed to pioneer innovation in Social Enterprise.

While pursing our mission and employment objective, Barrio Bonito seeks to achieve the following:

  • To stimulate economic development in under-served communities by creating innovative job opportunities for urban youth, a demographic afflicted by our nations highest unemployment rates.
  • To foster personal growth amongst our youth participants by encouraging conviction in their self identity and by providing opportunities to develop interpersonal skills.
  • To lower Entrepreneurial barriers to Chicago’s urban youth by providing start-up business education and legal counsel.
  • To initiate a trend of young people leading change in their communities.
  • To reduce gun, gang and related violence by empowering youth to commit to their passions and encouraging them to take ownership over the positive effects of urban culture (style/fashion, entrepreneurship, entertainment, art, athletics, faith).

 

Find out more at: http://barriobonito.org/

A sobering view of what it means to be a Christ follower in this broken world we call home. While not specifically gang-oriented, this page should have a strong impact on how we view our mission to marginalized and broken people looking for love and acceptance in the gang lifestyle.

http://www.reasons.org/judging-jesus-his-followers

A very interesting Christian “12 Step” form of recovery program that has applications for recovering gang members. CR has developed 8 principles that are based on the Beatitudes. They are as follows:

CELEBRATE RECOVERY’S EIGHT RECOVERY PRINCIPLES
The Road to Recovery
Based on the Beatitudes

Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable. (Step 1)

“Happy are those who know that they are spiritually poor.”

Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover. (Step 2

“Happy are those how mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. (Step 3)

“Happy are the meek.”

Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. (Steps  4 and 5)

“Happy are the pure in heart.”

Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. (Steps 6 and 7)

“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires”

Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others. (Steps 8 and 9)

“Happy are the merciful.”  

“Happy are the peacemakers”

Reserve a time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will. (Steps 10 and 11)

Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words. (Step 12)

“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.”

Find the larger website at:

http://www.celebraterecovery.com/

The Open Table provides an interesting model for helping to restore individuals and communities and could have specific applications for turning around the lives of gang members in those communities. Find their site at:

http://theopentable.org/