The Interfaith Coalition for Action, Rehabilitation and Empowerment (ICARE) is a group of congregations in Jacksonville who address problems of injustice in Jacksonville. Their successful actions have resulted in systemic changes, such as the use of restorative justice for youth guilty of misdemeanors.
Every fall we want to hear about injustices that affect you and your extended community. At UUCJ each person on the ICARE team hosts a house meeting to listen to your stories and answer questions. Plan now to attend one of the following events:
- Sunday, September 22nd at 12:15 p.m. in the Barton Room with Lois Hoeft (Lbhjax2@comcast.net or 477-8320)
- Sunday, September 29th at 12:15 p.m. in the Anthony Room with Meg Rohal (email@example.com or 403-6982)
- Friday, October 4th at 6:00 p.m. at Brian Lapinski’s farm (firstname.lastname@example.org or 525-3309)
The ICARE Rally for Justice Ministry Members is March 4th at 7:00pm at Abyssinia Baptist Church. Lois Hoeft will be at the church to carpool at 6:15.
The first large assembly for ICARE will be on November 13th at 7:00pm at Christ the King Catholic Church. The address is 742 Arlington Road. Sheriff Williams and State Attorney Mellisa Nelson will be there. Please plan to attend as we need all of our network members in attendance to hold these officials accountable for commitments made at the 2018 Action.
Sunday, September 30 after church — ICARE Small Group Meeting(s?)! Coffee and snacks on the deck near the Fletcher Room. Lois Hoeft will lead in the Fletcher Room. The ICARE Team is expecting a crowd so Meg Rohal and Brian Lapinski will be prepared to lead 2 more groups in the Anthony and Channing Rooms.
Come, learn more about ICARE and how you can become a Justice Ministry Network member. Help to change systems of injustice in Jacksonville!
- September 30th: 12:15pm, Fletcher Room — Lois Hoeft, facilitator (Lbhjax2@comcast.net)
- October 7th: 12:15pm, Anthony Room — Meg Rohal, facilitator (email@example.com)
- October 12th: 6:00pm, Brian Lapinski’s farm, 9355 Old Plank Rd, 32220 — Brian Lapinski, facilitator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Let us know which meeting you can attend.
The ICARE (Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment) Nehemiah Assembly:
Monday, April 23 at 7pm (Registration begins at 6:15)
Abyssinia Baptist Church
10325 Interstate Drive, 32218
The bus from UUCJ will leave at 5:45 PM. Sign up with Lois Hoeft at Social Hour or Lbhjax2@comcast.net or 904-477-8320.
ICARE was instrumental in recently compelling Sheriff Williams to secure increased funding to the Jacksonville Re-Entry Center (JREC), a program with a proven track record of successfully assisting ex-offenders in returning to their communities. Although we succeeded in increasing funding to JREC to $1.5 million, JSO lost $600,000 of that annual funding. We will be asking Sheriff Williams to commit to recoup the full $1.5 million JREC budget by 2019. We will ask for this commitment on Tuesday, January 23rd, 12:30 pm to 3 pm at Greater Grant Memorial AME (5533 Gilchrist Road). We need as many people as possible to show up to demonstrate to Sheriff Williams that JREC is a priority to this city and it must receive additional funding.
Jan. 14 is Justice Sunday! On that day ICARE Justice Ministry Network members from UUCJ will be commissioned. This is the group who will keep you informed of ICARE progress and promote attendance at the Annual Nehemiah Assembly on April 23. Let’s support their efforts.
Nov. 14 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 720 Arlington Rd. N, at 7 PM
ICARE gets results! Be a part of justice in Jacksonville! All Justice Ministry Network members are expected to be there. Anyone interested in the efforts of ICARE is invited. All JMNs will be voting on a new problem to be addressed this year.
Contact Lois Hoeft Lbhjax2@comcast.net or 904-477-8320 for more information.