The SJA Outreach Fund provides the budget for our Justice Grants, our CARE Committee, and Sustaining Partnerships with several organizations integral to the life of St. Joan of Arc. Donations to the Outreach Fund must be made separately from those to the operating budget, and we thank all our donors who make this work possible.
$5000 Justice Grants were awarded this month to the following organizations, in which our parishioners are volunteers and leaders:
CARE Committee: Our SJA CARE Committee provides emergency financial assistance for housing and utilities to parishioners and neighbors in need. We also serve the clients of several local partner organizations. As we begin the new year, we are aware that the lifting of the eviction moratorium may impact up to 20,000 families. We will keep SJA posted on the impact of this in our community.
Sustaining Partners: Donations were made for this fiscal year, as follows: $5000 to Women Against Military Madness; $10,000 to Mobile Loaves Twin Cities, Risen Christ School, and Sister Parish. Fr. Jim Cassidy leads a yearly second collection for Arm in Arm in Africa.
Special Project: This fall, as we mourned the murder of George Floyd, and witnessed the unrest in response to deep inequities in our community and our country, our SJA Outreach Fund Board approved the following grants of $5000 each, to grassroots efforts, majority led by people of color, working in direct service with impacted communities in St. Paul and Minneapolis, and also working for systemic change to address racial, educational and economic inequity. The recipients are: