St. Andrew’s Justice Ministry team works to ensure justice, fairness, and dignity for all people in our community. We are a member of Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE), a multi-issue, grassroots organization consisting of multicultural and interfaith congregations throughout Hillsborough County. Together we seek out personal stories from people in our community to better understand their needs and determine common issues plaguing our brothers and sisters. We then engage and train justice ministry members to work together to achieve long-term resolutions to these issues and annually unite over 2,000 citizens to hold community officials accountable for making positive changes for the future.
Our Justice Ministry holds listening meetings every fall to find out what the concerns of our community are so that they can identify the issues to tackle through HOPE. During that time, we invite you to register for a meeting to share your story or invite people from your neighborhood or workplace to share theirs. These meetings are vital to helping us make change and do justice for our community.
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At Nehemiah Action we invite officials who can correct a systemic injustice in our society to face thousands of citizens from the HOPE congregations, and ask the officials to take specific action to correct the injustice. The more people we have in attendance, the better our chances are of the officials agreeing to what we are asking.
Don’t miss your opportunity to do justice! Register for Nehemiah Action by clicking the SIGN UP button. Attend to show our community leaders that we are united together for positive change.
+ Got County Commissioners to establish a $10 million “HOPE Fund” to provide affordable housing.
+ Got Tampa Police Department to to train all 1,000 officers in Crisis Intervention Training to keep people with mental illness out jail.
+ Got county to start development on a Recovery-Through-Work program for people with severe mental illness
+ Got criminal justice stakeholders to expand the Juvenile Civil Citation policy, preventing life-long arrest records of 800 children in our county each year.
+ Got county to put $3 million for in-home services for seniors, serving an additional 1,700 seniors the first year.