Earlier this week I got a call from the White House Office of Faith Based initiatives asking about Capacity Partner Projects funded through MEDA's Compassion Capital Fund Grant. They wanted to know about some of the organizations and the progress that had been made to make reference to the success of those organizations and and the CCF programs.
This is what the President said when he was in Indianapolis this week:
". . . the nation's faith-based and community groups bring kindness and acts of charity to harsh places across America. I call these folks the social entrepreneurs of America. They're trying to figure out ways to listen to that universal call to love a neighbor just like you'd like to be loved yourself and help heal the broken heart.
The example of a faith based group in Indianapolis was the Zion Tabernacle Apostolic Church.
"Let me give you an example of what I'm talking about. Here in Indianapolis, the Zion Tabernacle Apostolic Church is reaching out to neighbors and helping lift up their communities. A social entrepreneur, a leader of the effort is Bishop Farris, who is with us today. Let me tell you what the Bishop has in mind and how he's going to be helped by the federal government. Secretary Alphonso Jackson, by the way, is a believer when it comes to the faith-based and community-based initiative. And so the Department of Housing and Urban Development has entered into a collaborative effort with his church, and they plan to break ground in October on 49 housing units for low-income elderly. And their new development will provide residents with shuttle services to stores and counseling and doctor appointments."To read all of the President's remarks, click on the first quote block. That will direct you to the White House Faith Based Initiatives website and a transcript of the remarks.