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RISC News for July 21-23

5 years ago, RISC was featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch at the beginning of our Affordable Housing initiative. At that time, with 14 congregations, the reporter noted that we “made a formidable show of strength...hundreds of people from Baptist, Presbyterian, Jewish and Catholic congregations packed the Cedar Street Memorial Baptist Church in Church Hill.”

RISC News for July 7-9

This summer, RISC leaders have been visiting local businesses and corporations headquartered in the Richmond region, sharing our story and the changes that happened because we showed up.

Business leaders have been interested by the jobs pipeline RISC pieced together and concerned about the reading crisis in Henrico County. Some are excited to know there’s an organization that brings the faith community together and solves community problems in a unique, effective way!

RISC News for June 23-25

In 2010 RISC leaders found that 38,000 Richmond families were paying 50% of their income on housing—an unaffordable rate that often leaves families scrambling to cover other necessary costs. We urged City Council and Mayor Jones to fund a proven solution, an Affordable Housing Trust Fund. City leaders made commitments in 2015 and since then $2.2 million from the city has gone into the Trust Fund.

April 2017 Mental Health

April 2017 RISC Mental Health Update

 

Childhood trauma has a devastating impact on our community.  At our Justice Rally we heard from a friend, a parent, and a teacher who have each seen the painful impacts of trauma.

February 2017 Mental Health Update

This year our justice ministry, united with 16 other diverse congregations under RISC, is working to make sure our neighbors have access to mental healthcare. Our mental health research committee has met with 16 experts in the mental health field and made crucial findings—

Many in our congregations shared stories about the difficulties of finding quality mental healthcare.

February 2016 RISC Job Training Update

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“I want a good job with benefits that I can do for the long-term, but no one gives me a chance.” Sharing stories of unemployment and the struggle to find a good job, like this story shared by a RISC congregation member who attended a house meeting last fall, have driven us for the past two years to seek job training opportunities for residents of distressed Richmond neighborhoods.

March Job Training Update

All of the hospital systems we have spoken with have revealed a continuing need for entry-level medical employees. Unfortunately, many people seeking healthcare training are unable to successfully attain certification. Last fall, 881 students dropped out of programs that would lead to medical careers at J Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
 

March Education Update

“We love our children and we want them to have the opportunity to reach their God-given potential, but they can’t do that if they cannot read.”
-Rev. Brenda Summerset-

February 2016 RISC Education Update

February 2015 RISC Education Update

There were audible gasps in the school board chamber on January 28th when our 41 people stood up with our red RISC lanyards in support of making sure that all kids in Henrico county (no matter where they live) have the opportunity to read on grade level.  Five RISC members who live in Henrico spoke about our hope for the implementation of a proven curriculum for the 7,729 students that attending schools that are unaccredited in reading in Eastern Henrico!  We all left energized! 

Style Weekly's Losing Patience

Style Weekly's Losing Patience

Losing Patience

    April 08, 2009 NEWS & FEATURES » COVER STORY

  Despite $104 million in federal funds, VCU's indigent health care program leaves some patients in a lurch. Critics say it's all part of the plan.

 BY CHRIS DOVI

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