Friday, October 31, 2014

Tuesday evening 10/28,  37 faith leaders along with some of their congregants and two politicians gathered at the Ebeneezer Church at 1024 Bergen Street where pastors Rev Edward Jenkins and Rev Kevin Jones called the faith community to end gun violence.

Rev Jones told the group that it's not enough to just pray, but to open themselves up to get involved in the fight. We all have a role in ending violence, unemployment, homelessness, and institutional racism.

 The group agreed to collectively raise their voices in prayer once a month. The next Night of Prayer Against Violence will be:

Tues, Nov 25 at Trinity Baptist Church with Rev. Glenmore Bembry. The address is 179 New York between Park and Prospect Place.

Questions? Contact Rev. Kevin Jones at

S.O.S. Program Manager Allen James is Keynote Speaker!

S.O.S. Program Manager, Allen James, was invited by the Director of The Jewish Board of Children and Family Services' Kinship Care Program to be the keynote speaker at a convening of grandparents who are raising grandchildren. On Friday, October 24th Allen addressed an assembly of 100 grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Before speaking, Allen shared breakfast and stories with some of these folks who are parenting for the second time around.  

Some of the comments from the audience were:
·       Best part of today!
·       It was good to know his life was not a bed of roses. His life was like mine. The cream rises to the top.
·       His comments about how the community and families need to guide children really hit home.
·       He shared a lot of vital information about violence.
·       I have learned there is a lot of help out there for my child.
·       Excellent speaker who told us his story and how productive one can be regardless of their circumstances.
·       He was very informative, educational and to the point.
·       He brought out a lot of good points about teens today.

The Kinship Care Program provides them with training and other supports.
Learn more about the Kinship Care Program at: