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global partnership committee

Goal/Mission: Promote the Common Good — whatever is best for the whole human family,” through prayer, education and advocacy.     — Albert Nolan, OP

Two main focuses of the Global Partnership Subcommittee are Immigration and the United Nations Millenium Development Goal: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.

Immigration – The five principles for Comprehensive Immigration Reform as supported by the United States Catholic Bishops are:

  • To make family a priority in immigration law
  • To insist worker programs contain protection for U.S. and migrant workers
  • To allow for an earned legalization program for the undocumented in the country
  • To restore due process protections
  • To respond to the economic, political and social root causes of migration

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are:

  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Ensure environmental stability
  • Develop global partnership for development

The MDG’s were adopted by 189 countries at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 with a deadline of 2015 to achieve the MDG’s.

Websites:
http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals   |   http://standagainstpoverty.org
http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/globalpoverty/


Ending Homelessness Task Force

The Ending Homeless Task Force is engaged in many activities in support of the Kent County Coalition to End Homelessness including the following:

  • Participation in Project Homeless Connect, an event sponsored by the Kent County Coalition to End Homelessness, which began in January 2008 and will serve more than 700 attendees who are homeless or in a housing crisis.
  • Preparation of welcome baskets for residents of the newly renovated Verne Barry Residence, a project of Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids, Inc.
  • Assistance with meeting the needs of homeless persons who come to St. Frances Xavier Parish in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Promotion of the Musical Arts for Justice in the Community (MAJIC) concerts sponsored by Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. Proceeds go to the work of the Coalition to End Homelessness.
  • Partnership with the Grand Rapids Center for Ecumenism (GRACE), and the Coalition to End Homelessness to provide financial and accompaniment assistance to families who are homeless or facing a housing crisis.