Mission: The vision of coalition for compassion and justice is of a comprehensive, efficient and sustainable community infrastructure that meets critical needs of those in poverty and encourages and empowers people to self-sufficiency.
Programs: Circles of support a member is quoted as saying 4it is the isolation, the lack of support and feedback that keeps you paralyzed in shame and poverty. Having a group that cares enough about me to let me know when i am going off track is so important in my life4. The circles of support program provides support to families rising out of poverty. Eight participant families or individuals graduated from the program in 2012, based on their completion of goals, and two circles were closed after the participants moved from the area. Circles continue to form, and trainings are held three to four times per year for circles of support mentors.
open door and other misc programs during 2012, the program served 32,150 hot meals and provided 46,067 sandwich meals for clients to eat during program closures. A total of 4,343 pounds of commodities and 17,412 pounds of pantry food were provided to clients. A total of 191 family food boxes were prepared and distributed. The program provided 1,609 client showers including 3,457 clients with toiletries needs and 292 laundry services. The program also supplied 234 clients with baby needs and 1,718 clients with pet needs. Additionally, the program also acted as a communication hub providing 1,507 clients with mail or messages. Over $22,842 of clothing was provided to 3,622 clients through the organization? S thrift shop.
home repair home repair strives to provide safe and healthy environments for clients. The program completed 89 repairs totaling 1,079 of volunteer hours. Completed projects include but are not limited to roof repairs, electrical repairs, plumbing repairs, stair repairs, floor repairs, heating and cooling system repairs, and the installation of wheelchair ramps and hand rails.
Unfortunately, CCJ has gone downhill over the past few years, due to poor management decisions. Instead of keeping its emergency winter shelter for the community, they tried to open free place to park cars and pitch tents in a residential neighborhood. After the community protested, they've purchased a run-down building for a wet shelter, where clients who have dropped out of sober living houses because they can't stay off drugs/alcohol can stay for $3 per night. The charity no longer helps working people with temporary financial problems stay housed, pay utility bills or fix a vehicle. Lots of feel-good programs like providing backpacks and Christmas gifts to kids, but no real lasting change for the community.
I have been volunteering with Coalition for Compassion and Justice for 10 years. This is basically a volunteer organization with administrators to help organize and keep us on track. CCJ feeds about 150 disadvantaged people per day. The people who eat at CCJ are provided with a meal, sandwiches to take out, cans of donated food, monthly commodities, showers and vouchers to get donated clothing from the CCJ Thrift Store. Recently they provided over 1,000 school supplies and backpacks to Head Start children and Casa Children. This project was done in partnership with the Prescott United Methodist Church who provided vouchers for new shoes for these children. If you want a truly rewarding experience try volunteering for a day. You will want to be a regular volunteer as I have been!