Arden-Arcade and Carmichael Faith Communities
St. Marks UMC
16 May 2017
Greater Arden Chamber: Shaun Dillon, Porsche Middleton
St Michaels: Mary Groesbeck
St Marks: Kevin Jenkins, Eva Martin, John McCormack
Sierra Arden UCC: Tom Totora
Kevin opened with a prayer followed by self-introductions.
Jonique Walker, Family Resource Aid, and Molly Reagh, Coordinator, from the Mutual Assistance Network were the presenters. They are from the Arcade Community Center which is now located at 2427 Marconi. The main focus of their presentation was on the Black Child Legacy Campaign.
In Sacramento County, between 1990 and 2009, the death rate per 100,000 children was 53.2, however for African Americans the rate was 102.0. The Arden-Arcade neighborhood had the second highest rate (35% with Meadowview/Valley the highest at 41%) among all categories for African American children. Those categories included perinatal deaths, infant sleep related deaths, parent or care giver homicides, and third party homicides.
Sutter Health Foundation awarded a grant to their program to reduce this rate by increased education and community involvement.
Two key points of the program now are the Birth and Beyond Center (formerly housed at St. Matthews) and their Home Visitation program.
The staff of 16 (including AmeriCorp interns) is aided by volunteers.
They are seeking to education the community through outreach programs, to connect to families that can benefit from their parenting courses and/or home visitations.
They also have a Youth Leadership Intern program at Encina High, which they hope to spread to other campuses in the coming year.
Kevin reported on making a presentation about AACFC to the local Catholic “Call to Action” (CTA) group. CTA is inviting AACFC members to their 4 June event with Dr. VanAken (see the attachment).
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St Michaels – will have a major remodeling of its Sanctuary staring June 11th that will last most of the summer.
St Matthews – there is a Community Meal planned for the 26th of June. Additional volunteers are welcomed.
God’s Helping Hand – Mary noted that funds continue to come in from many source. Last month there were 15 families served.
Greater Arden Chamber – Shaun noted that SMUD has a new community grant program called “Shine”. Applications are accepted through June 26th. See the fliers for details.
Sierra Arden UCC – The church hosted Family Promise the week of 23 April and they received help from Jesuit High School volunteers. Tom provided a note from Sara Brabec and he encouraged others to reach out to these students for assistance that can earn them community service hours.
There was some discussion about how the Jesuit students might be of aid to community cleanup programs such as the one the Arcade Community Center was talking about.
St Marks UMC – John noted the church’s Social Justice Advocacy Team continue to monitor the County budget process and they will be at mid-June hearing to seek better funding for homeless related programs.
St. Marks is actively exploring becoming a “sanctuary church”.
There was a short discussion on the current status of Sacramento City and County homeless programs
7 June at 6 PM, host Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, presenter Faith Whitmore from the Family Justice Center.