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AMOS Secures Funding for More Male & Diverse Children's Mental Health Providers in Polk Co.



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About six years ago, AMOS asked families what kept them up at night. Parents said they needed services for children in mental health crises.

“Kids were waiting months to see a therapist. They were not getting what they need from a system designed for adults,” said Crystal Loving, of First Unitarian Church. A child in the midst of a mental health crisis would be handcuffed, put in the backseat of a police car, and enter the juvenile justice system rather than get the mental health care that was needed."

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DAI Calls on City to Retain Rental Inspections Data Much Longer

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Barry Lachman, a Dallas Area Interfaith leader, was involved in the creation of Chapter 27 in 2016. He said that not having enough data for at least five to 10 years can play against good landlords who are following the rules, but ultimately, the most affected by shorter retention periods are tenants.

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North Louisiana Interfaith Leverages $500,000 for Caddo Parish Community Lighthouse



North Louisiana Interfaith leaders erupted in applause as the Caddo Commission voted 8 to 4 to approve seed funding for two Community Lighthouse pilot locations. These Community Lighthouses will serve as beacons of hope during crises, immediately assessing the needs of the community and providing vital assistance to area residents. Among the services offered are cooling and heating stations, charging stations, food distribution, ice, water, and other supplies and services.

"The approval of seed funding for the Community Lighthouse project is a significant milestone for our community," said Pastor Theron Jackson, a clergy leader with North Louisiana Interfaith. "This is an example of what’s possible when everyday people come together and work with government to achieve something for the greater good. Community Lighthouses will not only provide essential services but also foster a sense of unity and resilience within our neighborhoods."

North Louisiana Interfaith Statement
Caddo Agrees to Put Up $500,000 toward Community Lighthouse ProjectKSLA News 12 [pdf]
Caddo Parish to Vote on Community Lighthouse Pilot ProgramKTBS 3 [pdf]

 


Valley Interfaith and Allies Block Substandard Border Housing Bills

Valley Interfaith and EPISO teamed up to successfully oppose two bills that would have undermined the Model Rules for Development that govern real estate development in counties that border the Texas-Mexico border.  The Model Rules for Development have been a critical tool that our organizations fought for over 30 years ago and which have limited the development of substandard housing lacking access to sewer and clean water lines, drainage and roads.

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ONE LA Hosts Recognizing the Stranger Gathering with Emphasis on Combating Isolation Building Relationships



In June, 100 One LA Leaders from South LA, San Gabriel Valley, Mid-City, and Downtown Los Angeles gathered for 'Recognizing the Stranger' leadership training.  Over the course of two days, participants practiced breaking down isolation and rebuilding relationships across diverse communities.


MOC Leaders Fight to Keep Subsidized Childcare Open in Fairfax, CA

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"Ross Valley residents and civic leaders testified this week in support of maintaining a children’s center for low-income families at Deer Park in Fairfax...

Gail Dorph of the Marin Organizing Committee said the value of supporting children extends to the whole community. “The world exists because of the breath of small children,” she said. “When we support children, we’re supporting the existence of the world.”

[Photo Credit: Alan Dep, Marin Independent Journal]

Ross Valley Residents Extol Value of Child Care CenterMarin Independent Journal [pdf]

 


350 CCG Leaders Leverage Commitments from Denver Mayoral Candidates

At an assembly that drawing 350 leaders from 20 institutions of Coloradans for the Common Good (CCG), community leaders secured commitments from Denver Mayoral runoff candidates around eviction, wage theft, mental health, and workers' pensions. 

After CCG leaders shared personal stories, candidates were asked to answer 'yes' or 'no' to ten proposals addressing specific housing, mental health, gun safety, workers' rights, and immigrants' rights issues.

“If the answer is 'Yes,' we’re going to cheer and applaud,” explained CCG leader Joyce Brooks.  “If the answer is 'No,' we’ll just be silent and wait for them to elaborate at the end."  Kelly Brough responded affirmatively to all ten proposals while Mike Johnston answered YES to nine of the ten.

Both candidates committed to extending subpoena power to the City’s Auditor to effectively investigate cases of wage theft.  

Yes or No? Coloradans for the Common Good Holds Reverse Mayoral ForumWestword [pdf]

Recap of Commitments Made at Mayoral Accountability AssemblyColoradans for the Common Good


With Guidance from ACTION Tulsa, Senate Bill 261 Prevents Student Loan Servicers from Deceiving Borrowers

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"Senate Bill 261, authored by state Sen. John Montgomery, R-Lawton, and state Rep. Melissa Provenzano, D-Tulsa, in 2021, directed the attorney general to prepare a written statement including an “Oklahoma Student Borrower’s Bill of Rights,” which contains language prohibiting student loan servicers from engaging in acts that mislead or deceive borrowers.

According to the language, servicers are prohibited from misrepresenting or omitting any material information in connection with the servicing of a student education loan, including misrepresenting the amount, nature or terms of any fee...

...Provenzano said the librarian and ACTION Tulsa asked her to see that rights for students require servicers to disclose the consequences of payment plan changes."

[Photo Credit: The Journal Record]

New Law Strengthens Student Borrower's Bill of RightsThe Journal Record [pdf]


On 20th Anniversary, COPA Renews Covenantal Relationships

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"In many of our faith traditions, the idea of covenant provides a template for understanding the way COPA thinks about our work. This means going above and beyond the social contract that establishes the state, government, and laws that bind us … by widening our circles of attachment across income, social, cultural, religious, and racial divides – and creating moral commitments to one another, with shared values and ideals that compel us to work together, despite our differences, for the common good....

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AMOS Celebrates Launch of $1.8M Mental Health Workforce Initiative in Polk County

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"On May 18, 100 Polk County residents celebrated the launch of a new mental health workforce program at a Mental Health Workforce Kickoff at Corinthian Baptist Church. The $1.8M mental health workforce investment from Polk County’s ARPA funds will go towards up to $20,000 in loan payments for 90 new mental health professionals. To be eligible, therapists must commit to work for 5 years at a Polk County community-based mental health provider, have a masters degree, and student loan debt....

Dr. Cathy Beck-Cross, LMSW, EdD, Associate Professor of Social Work at Grand View, is excited. "We are thrilled for this opportunity for Grand View master's degree graduates entering the workforce to provide mental health services. Polk County, like the rest of Iowa, has a shortage of licensed therapists, especially ones who are bilingual. Many thanks to County officials who moved this initiative forward, and to AMOS for their advocacy in the process."

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