Working Together Jackson Fights Blight in Mississippi
Institutional leaders of Working Together Jackson began evaluating non-profit land trust models to help transform the Mid-City neighborhood of Jackson, Mississippi. Based on conversations with neighbors and residents, Ms. Brent, President of the Mid-City Neighborhood Association, and Rev. Tucker Sr., pastor of True Vine, identified a number of things they would like to address: abandoned housing, overgrown lots, crime, mentoring for its youth and services for its elderly. But people involved in the effort know that, as Rev. Tucker puts it, "the real work of rebuilding the neighborhood isn't cutting lawns or boarding up houses. The real work is building relationships between its residents."
While the non-profit land trust would take control of abandoned properties for rehabilitation and renovation, leaders of Working Together Jackson plan to continue the work of building relationships between neighbors.Read more
250 ACT Leaders Launch Organization Rebuilding Effort
250 institutional leaders from 18 Tarrant County-area congregations celebrated and committed to rebuilding the Allied Communities of Tarrant (ACT).
Said the Rev. Lindsay Woods, pastor at Gethsemane Presbyterian Church, "ACT has allowed us a small church to seek justice. Congregations often do a lot of charity (give food to food bank) or education (explaining what we believe about justice), but our mission sometimes lack the ability to create justice. ACT allows us to be part of a network of different institutions seeking solutions to a common cause."Read more
COPS/Metro Takes Back Neighborhood Turf on Westside
"COPS/Metro leaders from St. Timothy Parish and San Juan de Los Lagos Shrine recently led a neighborhood walk in response to rising safety concerns in Westside neighborhoods, especially the area south of Guadalupe Street and west of South Zarzamora. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus and Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz joined them for the walk that started at St. Timothy Parish Hall..."
Metro Alliance: This is Our Neighborhood, KSAT (08/31)Read more