Task Force Issues:
Guided by our faith traditions, shared values, and multi-cultural collaboration, we strive to develop a community of diverse leaders committed to raising awareness and seeking solutions to overcome poverty, racism, and social injustice.
* Provide leadership and advocacy training opportunities for
* Sponsor forums to provide opportunities for education and open discussion on community issues.
* Model for the community a diverse, open, tolerant, participative organization.
* Re-institute and revive the core teams and re-establish one on
* Publicize who we are and what we do as a faith-based organization.
* Increase the diversity and recruit new member to the organization.
* Plan for and conduct an issues forum and do an action.
* Maintain a fiscally viable organization to carry out the mission and goals.
IS WORKING FOR A SAFER COMMUNITY!
Health & Wellness Task Force:
There is presently an intense debate in this country about whether we should join all other civilized nations and guarantee to all our residents access to affordable, quality health care.
ACTION wants our U.S. Senators and our U.S. Congressman to join with the President and fix what needed to be fixed 50 years ago; our health care system.
ACTION wants all of its members to call and write to the members of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to encourage them to be leaders in demanding full, fair, affordable, healthcare for all Americans.
Immigration Task Force:
Immigration Task Force: There is a national scandal in this country. Twelve million residents-church goers, union members, community volunteers; people who serve our
tables, make our hotel beds, work in our gardens, grow and harvest our food, etc. etc.- are living in legal limbo.
ACTION is demanding that this present group of residents be given humane treatment. We call upon our U.S. Senators and Congressmen to join with the President to create comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Our faith our religious values, and the very nature of our democracy call us to welcome the immigrant.
Economic/Unemployment Task Force:
This committee has been giving the majority of their attention to a Community College for Mahoning and Trumbull County.
Home For Good Re-Entry Referral Center
A new program to help people who just got out of prison find work will open its center in downtown Youngstown on Nov. 26. Pat Kerrigan, a volunteer for the Alliance For Congregational Transformation In Our Neighborhoods, said the group received two grants to help pay for the project, which has been in the planning stages for the last six months.
Preparations are being made for office space for the Home For Good Re-Entry Referral Center at 20 Federal Place downtown to house the program, which Kerrigan, who is the volunteer executive director, said would help released inmates find the help they need to get employment and other services to get on their feet.
He said ACTION will not be placing those inmates into jobs, but would be a sort of one-stop agency that would be able to refer them to whatever help they need. “Our focus is not to provide services, but be a clearinghouse,” Kerrigan said.
ACTION would partner with groups and providers such as the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership, the Rev. Willie Peterson and the New Birth Project, the Oak Hill Collaborative, Flying High, Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, Community Corrections Association and others.
The center aims to reduce recidivism rates among men, women, and youths. The center has received grants from The Youngstown Foundation, the city and it’s Community Development Agency. Kerrigan, who served time for corruption crimes committed as a Youngstown Municipal Court judge in the 1990s, said part of the reason he likes the project is that he based it on his experiences when he returned from jail. He said he was able to make a living and readjust because he had a strong support system, but he wants to do something for people in his situation who do not have the system.
“There are many people who do not have that good fortune, and I want to help them,” Kerrigan said.
Kerrigan said the inmate re-entry problem issue has been a problem in the area for years, and ACTION and other groups have been working to try and help those people. He said ACTION is not competing with other agencies but is trying to make sure the right person gets the right help they need from the right agency. “We’ll point people in the right direction,” Kerrigan said. “We’ll try to fit the person in the best way.” Dr. M. Rose Taylor is president of the Re-Entry Home for Good board.
For information, contact Rose Carter, director of ACTION, by calling 330-782-7433, or Kerrigan, director of the Re-Entry Center, by calling 330-518-5884.
Crime And Safety
Health & Wellness
Economic And Unemployment
Re-Entry For Good Program