ISAAC Update

ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community) held a very successful, virtual Public Meeting on October 22nd.  Nearly 300 people tuned in during the meeting, including many from People’s Church, enthusiastically supporting policy asks of public officials and candidates for office. In the Housing area, the recently passed Housing Equity Ordinance passed unanimously by the Kalamazoo City Commission was celebrated, and elected officials in Portage, Kalamazoo Township, and Comstock pledged to bring it before their commissions as well. Candidates at all levels pledged to promote “Homes for All”, the Kalamazoo County Housing Proposal at the end of the ballot–the countywide millage to extend and expand resources and interventions to address and prevent homelessness. The Anti-Racism Task Force obtained agreements from Kalamazoo County and City elected officials and candidates and Law Enforcement to participate in training activities, regular dialog with neighborhood groups, voter rights protections and related actions to build anti-racist perspective, increase trust and active collaboration with community. Commitments were also obtained from Law Enforcement officials to continue Trauma Reducing Informed Practices work underway with the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, especially in light of recent shootings. Sign up at the end of the isaackalamaoo.org home page to receive monthly ISAAC e-news, including a full summary of the meeting in the November issue.


November Special Collection: Planned Parenthood of Michigan
Sunday, November 8, during the service

This fall, People’s Church has been prioritizing comprehensive sexuality education for our youth, as the middle school Our Whole Lives class meets in-person weekly to finish the program cut short last spring. With this special collection, we extend that commitment to education and personal agency to everyone in our community through support of Planned Parenthood of Michigan.

For 100 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted a common-sense approach to health and well-being based on respect of each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about sex, health, and family planning. Planned Parenthood delivers vital health care, sex education, and sexual health information to thousands of women, men, and teens each year.

Our collection totals in August and September were: ISAAC $1785 and Lincoln School $1,270. Thanks everyone!


New Winter Clothing Needed for Lincoln School Children

People’s Church is participating in a winter clothing drive for Lincoln school children, sponsored by Community in Schools.

New hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, (waterproof if possible), and snow pants are requested for donation. Saturday, November 14th between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. will be the drop-off date.  Members of  Social Justice Coordinating Committee will be on hand in the back parking lot behind the church to receive donations in a safe, physically distanced manner.


ISAAC Update

ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community) held a very successful, virtual Public Meeting on October 22nd.  Nearly 300 people tuned in during the meeting, including many from People’s Church, enthusiastically supporting policy asks of public officials and candidates for office. In the Housing area, the recently passed Housing Equity Ordinance passed unanimously by the Kalamazoo City Commission was celebrated, and elected officials in Portage, Kalamazoo Township, and Comstock pledged to bring it before their commissions as well. Candidates at all levels pledged to promote “Homes for All”, the Kalamazoo County Housing Proposal at the end of the ballot–the countywide millage to extend and expand resources and interventions to address and prevent homelessness. The Anti-Racism Task Force obtained agreements from Kalamazoo County and City elected officials and candidates and Law Enforcement to participate in training activities, regular dialog with neighborhood groups, voter rights protections and related actions to build anti-racist perspective, increase trust and active collaboration with community. Commitments were also obtained from Law Enforcement officials to continue Trauma Reducing Informed Practices work underway with the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, especially in light of recent shootings. Sign up at the end of the isaackalamaoo.org homepage to receive monthly ISAAC e-news, including a full summary of the meeting in the November issue.


Host Homes for LGBTQ+ Youth Meeting
Friday, November 6, 7p.m.

Outfront Kalamazoo and the Faith Alliance invite you to an informational Zoom meeting about the Host Homes program.

Host Homes is designed to address the housing needs of LGBTQ+ youth during family reconciliation to avoid youth homelessness by connecting them with caring adults who are willing to provide safe housing and support during this process.

This meeting will be an introduction to the program and a chance to ask questions. Link: https://zoom.us/j/99677533703

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