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August 2018 Social Justice

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Our shared offering for the month of August is the Capitol Area Alliance for the Homeless (CAAH). CAAH members provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals, persons with a range of disabilities, and families experiencing homelessness for the first time. In addition to housing, CAAH offers a range of services that include out reach to the homeless, behavioral health referrals, substance abuse treatment, veterans services, life skills training, job training/placement, youth shelters, and literacy/GED classes.  Please give generously.

In June Together Baton Rouge launched a “cluster group strategy” for the purpose of engaging institutions, involving more members, providing focus to our main issues, and cultivating even more leadership on those issues.  The three cluster groups (UCBR is part of the Central Cluster) began meeting in July.  A particular focus of those meetings was to discover members who wish to train in the various focus areas and prepare for the fall meetings.  Starting in September, the institutions of each cluster will collaborate to host a series Civic Academies on each of our main issues:  Flood, Food Access, Health Care, ITEP, Criminal Justice/Police Reform, and Teacher Salaries.  The Central Cluster includes UCBR, Beth Shalom Synagogue, Ebenezer Baptist, Elm Grove Baptist, First United Methodist, Mt. Carmel Baptist, Mt. Pilgrim Baptist, Shiloh Missionary Baptist, St. Jean Vianney Catholic, St. Mary Baptist, St. Paul Lutheran, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic, the Islamic Center of BR, and James A. Taylor Lodge.  Representatives from each of these institutions have met several times, making concrete plans for these civic academies.  The first Central Cluster Civic Academy will occur Tuesday, August 21 @ Beth Shalom Synagogue.  It will be from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.  The remaining Civic Academies will be one per month until December.  Sign ups for these Academies will be on Sundays in the Fellowship Hall.

Habitat for Humanity's 13th Annual Pink Tool Belt Bash benefiting Women Build 2018 is Tuesday, August 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel Ballroom.  The Social Justice Team and the Cakes Women are encouraging all interested women to purchase their tickets for the event online for $65 at

https://one.bidpal.net/ptbb18/welcome.  The silent auction items should be online for review and early bids by August 1.  Let's get behind this fundraising effort and try to pull together a UCBR volunteer build team of women for the fall build.

Other activities are still under consideration for SJT for the fall and the Timeline Committee is finally completing its work.  The next SJT meeting will be Sunday, September 2 following the 11:15 service.  Please grab a bite in the Fellowship Hall and come to Room 1 for the meeting at 12:45.  If you would like to present something for consideration at this meeting, please contact Jane Webb (janepoynterwebb@gmail.com).

~Bobby Thompson, Director of Social Justice 

~Jane Webb, Co-chair