Friday, July 24, 2009

Jeremiah would have been proud.

The organizational meeting of the Jeremiah Group lead by Jackie Jones and Carl Weber at The Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Avondale was convene at 7 pm on Thursday, July 23. After prayer and introductions the 50 plus in attendance broke up into 5 groups of 10 to opened their hearts to strangers in an attempt to air concerns and issues that affected them personally while at the same time establishing relationships with others who have had similar experiences. Jeremiah will monitor and facilitate research into these issues as they are developed through continued "House Meetings" between individuals in their home institutions and groups over the next few weeks. After action plans are developed with Jeremiah, public officials and others will be called and pressured to embrace these community needs with changes in policy, capital investment and law enforcement.

Heart wrenching stories of excessive crime, indifference to violence, improper procedures in education and social services abounded at this night's meeting. If Jeremiah has as great an impact on these as it has had on improving the availability and accessibility of homes for first time homebuyers then a change is on the way!

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