“To provide vital services, education and advocacy for those living in poverty, leading to self-sufficiency and a fair and just community for all.” CCJ Mission.
To some people, CCJ's mission is too much of a stretch. Providing vital services, education and advocacy, yes. Achieving self-sufficiency, perhaps, for some. But that fair and just community for all? Get real. Life's not fair and universal justice isn't happening.
We live in a fragile and challenging time. CCJ’s vision, “Hope and relief for people in poverty” is equally important. If not for hope, what do many people have?
Hope is where it starts. But it can't end there. Every day, CCJ takes tangible steps to alleviate poverty. A hot meal, a set of interview clothes, or a shower in one's home that works – they’re all steps.
Then, there is the ongoing work of building a fair and just community: Circles of Support mentorships. Collaborations to combat hunger and improve health. Participation in community dialogue on transportation and jobs. Striving for quality, affordable housing and access to higher education.
The community we want doesn't appear overnight. It takes passionate, daily commitment to the mission. And a lot of sandwiches.
Thank you for rolling up your sleeves, writing the checks, and joining us in advocacy.
“You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?’” George Bernard Shaw.
CCJ executive director