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Clergy partner on ‘A Day of Hope’

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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 12:05 am

For the first time in several years, clergy from multiple denominations throughout the St. Louis region are collaborating to host A Day of Hope. Scheduled for Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ville Neighborhood at the intersection of Sarah and Martin Luther King Drive, in partnership with Convoy of Hope based in Springfield, MO,  A Day of Hope is a “poverty-free day” filled with multiple complimentary services and opportunities.  

Open to the public, the July 28 event will deliver an opportunity for people to take positive steps toward a more rewarding future. A highlight will be a job fair with employers interviewing applicants on-the-spot to fill open positions. All exhibits and services are offered at no charge, including manicures for women, haircuts for men, voter registration, resume services, family portraits, health services, credit counseling, “second chance” banking services, sports physicals, voter registration and more.

“The faith community in St. Louishas come together to host an event designed to offer people concrete ways to create a better future for themselves and their families,” says Bishop Alphonso Scott of Lively Stone Church.

“We know need exists, and the Day of Hope will give people the means to help themselves by taking advantage of the multiple services and opportunities available.”    

Part of the Convoy of Hope’s 50 State Tour, a Day of Hope pools together local resources to provide long-term solutions to poverty. For over 18 years this nonprofit organization has served 1.6 million Americans in poverty in over 200 cities.

A Day of Hope is free and reservations are not required. Parking will be available in the surrounding areas and complimentary shuttle service will be offered. The event is also easily accessible by Metrolink. 

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SLCC to meet in Sanford, FL 

The National Board of Directors of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) voted to have their Annual National Convention in (LakeMary)Sanford,FL, on July 20-21, 2012.

“This was a decision based on the murder of Floridateen Trayvon Martin along with the many other deaths of people who have died at the hands of Floridalaw enforcement. For any information on those incidents, you can visit Florida SCLC website at SCLC also has a concern regarding the many claimants of the underserved in the Gulf Coast States of FL, MS, AL, LA and TX who have not yet received their claim payments from BP. They also have a concern of the thousands of jobs that have been lost in these areas due to the Oil Spill of April 2010,” said Art Rocker, the Chairman of Florida SCLC State Unit.

“SCLC has been the incubator of Civil Rights leaders all over the country. We have had individuals to leave, we have had individuals indicted, we have had individuals dismissed from key positions but yet and still we are able to move to greater avenues in the country, still fighting for the cause of Civil Rights. SCLC has had many injunctions, many lawsuits but more victories than disparities. We will continue to be like Moses knowing and following the vision and taking the crisis inside of the family of SCLC or the outside forces who are crying over our successes.”

For additional information contact, Jessica Donahue, 404-840-6764.

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