The Interchurch Community in the News

Covering Kids & Families — “ACA enrollment slips in Indiana”
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Covering Kids & Families — “ACA enrollment slips in Indiana”

She said Covering Kids and Families has developed “more of a known presence” in northeast Indiana.

CIC — “Letters: Speak out against rising anti-Semitism, hate speech, bigotry”
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CIC — “Letters: Speak out against rising anti-Semitism, hate speech, bigotry”

“All faith traditions embrace the idea of peace,” said David Shaheed, Center for Interfaith Cooperation’s board chair. “None of us can be at peace if members of other faiths are living in fear of threats and attacks.”

Sierra Club — “Indiana utility to retire 2 of 4 remaining coal-fired units”
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Sierra Club — “Indiana utility to retire 2 of 4 remaining coal-fired units”

“It’s good that IPL is moving to get rid of two units at this outdated, massive Super Polluter, but we can’t tiptoe our way out of the climate crisis,” Wendy Bredhold, senior campaign representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in Indian

OBAT Helpers — “Franciscan team provides medical care to refugee camp”
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OBAT Helpers — “Franciscan team provides medical care to refugee camp”

Since October 2017, OBAT Helpers has been working inside the camp to help improve access to health care, education and economic empowerment to the Rohingya population. OBAT Helpers is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit founded to care for refugees in Bangladesh.

Sierra Club — “Environmental groups want U.S. Steel to pay bigger fine for 2017 chemical spill”
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Sierra Club — “Environmental groups want U.S. Steel to pay bigger fine for 2017 chemical spill”

Lake Michigan and all the Great Lakes are a treasured resource and drinking-water source and deserve the highest level of protection, Alliance for the Great Lakes president Joel Brammeier said in discussing the letter.

OBAT Helpers & JCRC — “Local doctors assist Rohingya people in crisis in Bangladesh as alleged genocide case moves forward”
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OBAT Helpers & JCRC — “Local doctors assist Rohingya people in crisis in Bangladesh as alleged genocide case moves forward”

If you would like to get involved with the work OBAT is doing here or abroad, please visit obathelpers.org to learn more.

Peace Center for Reconciliation and Forgiveness — “Rwandan genocide survivor addresses Watchung Hills students”
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Peace Center for Reconciliation and Forgiveness — “Rwandan genocide survivor addresses Watchung Hills students”

Kalima said he learned that the common denominator between the great advocates of forgiveness and reconciliation down through the ages, including Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa in India, and Nelson Mandela in South Africa was: They all forgave.

CHIP — “‘Opportunity to reflect’: Service honors 58 homeless who died in Marion County in 2019”
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CHIP — “‘Opportunity to reflect’: Service honors 58 homeless who died in Marion County in 2019”

“I think it’s a real opportunity to reflect as a community on the stark realities and challenges people experiencing homelessness are facing,” Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, the coalition’s executive director, told IndyStar. “And for many, that becomes a real matter of life and death.”

CHIP — “Plan to house homeless off to slow start”
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CHIP — “Plan to house homeless off to slow start”

Additionally, lining up those support services for the developments—an imperative piece of permanent supportive housing—can be challenging, said Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, executive director of CHIP. Doing so requires entities that might not have previously worked together—developers, property managers and homeless service providers—to form collaborative relationships.

CHIP — “Youth homelessness rising in Indianapolis and there are laws in place keeping them from shelters”
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CHIP — “Youth homelessness rising in Indianapolis and there are laws in place keeping them from shelters”

The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention says, last year 183 people under the age of 25 were experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis.