Our Opinion: Redeem Project represents a resourceful partnership
News Tribune editorial
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The Redeem Project is more an operation than an organization.
As an operation, the project was started to help link people who were “falling between the cracks” with community resources.
As an organization, it represents a partnership of faith-based groups, health and human service agencies, educational facilities and government entities.
An example of its efforts is offering free anger management and parenting classes.
State agencies or the courts may require parents to complete those classes as a condition of granting child custody. Because the expense may be prohibitive, they are offered at no charge through the Redeem Project.
Among other examples:
• The Redeem Project partners with Lincoln University to offer breast cancer education.
• It works with Cole County Extension Center to provide instruction on financial stability.
• And it partners with the Jefferson City Housing Authority on a family self-sufficiency program offered through the federal Housing and Urban Development agency.
Now completing its second year, participation in the Redeem Project continues to grow.
More encouraging, perhaps, is participants now helping newcomers, as evidenced when recipients of Christmas gifts in 2010 provided gifts for families new to the program last year.
“That was gratifying, said Vicki Bullock, executive director. “They understood they had been helped and they wanted to help someone else.”
The Redeem Project will celebrate a second anniversary open house from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church, 1436 Hough St.
The event provides an opportunity to learn more about the Redeem Project, its partners and its infinite potential to assist through sharing.
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