Faith groups come together to help solve community problems

March 27, 2017. News4Jax.com

JACKSONVILLE, FL – More than 1,000 Jacksonville faith leaders from 38 congregations converged Monday for what they called a night of action.

Just a few of the topics discussed at ICARE’s Nehemiah Assembly were civil citations for juvenile offenders, resources for the homeless and how to revitalize Northwest Jacksonville.

Lenny Curry under pressure to reopen Jacksonville homeless day resource center

March 23, 2017. Floridapolitics.com

In 2015, the city of Jacksonville closed a downtown homeless day resource center opened during the Alvin Brown administration.

As 2016 began, Mayor Lenny Curry was pressed to reopen the center. And after considerable prodding from ICARE organizers, he attended the group’s spring “Nehemiah Assembly.”

Everyone wants to help the homeless, but no one wants them next door

March 15, 2017. Folio Weekly.

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Behind a bright façade of economic development, population growth and urban renewal, Jacksonville has a secret: It doesn’t quite know what to do with—or about—the homeless. As smiling politicians and businessfolk cheerfully scoop ceremonial shovelfuls for the cameras and onlookers excited at the prospect of a new restaurant, job or shop, in the far background, people climb out from under blankets of newspaper, rise from beds of concrete and shoulder through the day, weighed down by their lives’ figurative and literal luggage.

Advocacy group for juveniles challenges authorities to use more civil citations

February 27, 2017. The Florida Times-Union.

An interfaith advocacy group that wants to increase the use of juvenile civil citations here is setting a new benchmark for success — and putting pressure on the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to make it happen.

Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment, or ICARE, wants to see 90 percent of eligible kids receive civil citations instead of being arrested for misdemeanor offenses. Police officers can issue the citations, which do not require an arrest or create a criminal record, to juveniles who commit minor crimes.

ICARE pushes on “systemic” Jacksonville issues of crime, homelessness, poverty

March 17, 2016. FloridaPolitics.com

Pressing hard on issues ranging from homelessness to what to do about ex-offenders leaving prison, ICARE Jax, or the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment, is unveiling its 2016 action plan this week at a major rally.

“A new initiative we’ll talk about is that we want to engage a process to help more ex-offenders leaving the prison system,” said ICARE co-president the Reverend James Wiggins of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.