Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Looking for creative ways to work for justice?

Adrienne Little (for Social Justice Ministry) sends these ideas for your time and creativity as you join others to promote justice in our community and the world.   The list comes from Congregations for Social Justice (Nov. 6 email).

1 -  How Can Justice Heal: Restoring Humanity in the Wake of Murder
The Capital Restorative Justice Project's 13th Annual Gathering
Saturday, November 14th, 2015 - 10 AM - 3:30 PM  --- Lunch will be provided
Blacknall Presbyterian Church,  1902 Perry Street Durham, NC 27705

Please join us for a powerful line-up of speakers from diverse backgrounds and experiences to explore the way violence harms individuals and the community and how we can engage and work together to restore and uphold everyone's humanity in the wake of murder. There will be an opportunity to participate in the restorative practice of Talking Circles, with dedicated Circles for family members of murder victims and for family members of those who have committed murder, or to attend a training workshop.

Event is free;  A donation of $25 or more to help defray costs is encouraged for those who can afford to pay.
For more information contact Leah Wilson-Hartgrove - lwilsonhartgrove@gmail.com or (919) 452-1283 or Scott Bass - scottbass@att.net or (919) 760-5430
To register visit our website at:  www.capitalrestorativejustice.org

2 -  Tiny Homes for the Homeless

Sonoma County, CA will build tiny homes for the homeless! Not the answer but one of the answers to providing shelter to homeless individuals and small families. Nice looking tiny homes supported with tax dollars. Something to explore for Raleigh and Wake County.
Click HERE for the story!

3 -  Syrian Refugees Blanket & Coat Drive

Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies and Divan Center, in partnership with Embrace Relief (http://embracerelief.org/), are organizing a "blanket and coat drive" to help Syrian families in Turkey. As you know there are more than two million Syrian refugees in Turkey. Many of these families are living without any shelter or in tents. As the winter is approaching refugee families suffer badly in cold weather. A small donation could help these families significantly.

We accept new or gently used blankets/coats. The drive will continue until December 5. Please deliver them clean and folded (No sheets please). Our goal is to fill several shipping containers that will then be delivered to Turkey, where a local relief agency will distribute them to the refugee families. We ask that donations of blankets and coats are made no later than 5pm on December 5th to ensure they are delivered in time for the winter weather. Please find the drop off locations and hours below.

We also accept monetary donations. Please make your check payable to Embrace Relief and mail it to 545 Interstate Pl, Carlstadt, NJ 07072.

Sincerely,  Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies   www.iitsnc.org

Drop off Locations & Hours:
Divan Center-Triangle
1903 N. Harrison Avenue Suite 100 Cary, NC 27513  triangle@divancenter.org
Weekdays: 9:00am - 8:00pm    Weekend:  10:00am - 5:00pm     (919)389-3469 (Mr. Vural)
Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies-North Carolina (IITSNC)
1391 SE Maynard Rd. Cary, NC 27511 info@iitsnc.org
Weekdays: 12:00pm-8:00pm   Weekend :  12:00pm-8:00pm     (919)946-1507 (Mr. Fidan)

4 -  StepUp Ministry Launches New Program For Job Seekers

RALEIGH, N.C., November 3, 2015 – StepUp Ministry, a local non-profit that has placed over 5,400 people in jobs over the last 26 years is launching a new program called ENER-G, designed to energize and support job seekers. . The program kicked off this morning and had over 50 job seekers, employers, and volunteers in attendance. The class will take place from 8:30am-10:30am each Wednesday morning at Boys and Girls Club in Raleigh (605 Raleigh Blvd).

ENER-G stands for “Empowerment. Networking. Employment. Resources. Growth.” Each class will consist of motivating individuals to find jobs, networking opportunities, resume-writing help, employment counseling, and engaging with the community for support in their employment process. Local employers and community volunteers will assist with the class, encouraging participants and providing professional guidance.

The class is open to anyone between the ages of 21 and 55 who is unemployed, underemployed, or facing some barrier to finding employment such as criminal backgrounds or gaps in employment history.

The next ENER-G will not be meeting November 11 in observation of Veterans Day and will resume on November 18.