Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA) Monthly Report

Opportunities to help others in the Durham community

"Behind every human face is the face of God."

The Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA) offers a wide range of services and opportunities to provide assistance to those in need in the community. 

November 2018 Opportunities to Help Others & Meeting Report

UPDATE: SAMUEL OLIVER-BRUNO | A vigil for Samuel was held the evening of November 27. On Friday morning, November 23, Samuel Oliver-Bruno was detained by ICE agents at the USCIS office in Morrisville, NC. ICE and USCIS colluded to lure Samuel out of sanctuary with the community of CityWell United Methodist Church, where he had sought safe harbor since December 2017.

He has since been transported to Stewart Detention Center in Georgia. Despite appeals made by NC congressional representatives G. K. Butterfield and David Price, attempts to defer Samuel’s deportation have been denied. It is likely that without direct intervention from Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, Samuel’s deportation is imminent. Please invite pray for Samuel and his community.

IMMIGRATION & SANCTUARY LUNCH & LEARN | Saturday, Dec. 1, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Church of Reconciliation, 110 N Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill 27514. Join the North Carolina Sanctuary Coalition, NC Council of Churches, Church World Service, and American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) for this post-election workshop featuring speakers from the NC Justice Center and ACLU NC to address implications of NC elections on immigrants. We will also hear from AFSC and Church World Service for a national outlook. Registration cost is on a sliding scale from $5-20. Lunch and childcare will be provided as well as English-Spanish Interpretation.

Links for details: Facebook - event | Additional Event Details 

CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER WORKSHOP | Nov. 28, 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Durham Center for Senior Life, 406 Rigsbee Ave., in DCSL Theater.  Tips on caring for yourself while caring for others.

HOMELESS IN DURHAM (Documentary by Ruebe Holmes) | Nov. 28, 4:30-6:30 pm, Franklin Gallery @ History, second floor in the Carr Building, Duke University East Campus. Learn from the experience of women living at the Families Moving Forward family shelter in Durham. Reception with refreshments at 4:30 pm; documentary viewing at 6:00 pm in Room 103.  Free Parking in the Carr/Pegram Parking Lot on East Campus, behind the Carr Building. Please RSVP to  ruebe.holmes@duke.edu.

DURHAM CROP HUNGER WALK AWARDS BANQUET | Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:00 pm, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Rd.  RSVP to cropwalkdurham@gmail.com.  Celebrate with DCIA: almost $40,000 being used for local poverty-relief work/ Mayor Steve Schewel will deliver the keynote address.

YOU CAN HELP | Durham Congregations In Action needs your support this season. We have organized spiritual leaders and communities to show up and stand up for feeding the hungry, welcoming the immigrant, housing the homeless, giving justice to the prisoner, protecting the abused, paying workers living wages, and treating every race with dignity and equity. We are carrying forward, always, the faith-filled moral campaign of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. against poverty, racism and violence, right here in Durham and the Triangle.

We are:

  • Organizing new housing opportunities for the lowest-paid workers and the disabled.
  • Organizing more support for hungry families and seniors needing basic nutrition each month.
  • Engaging religious leaders and congregations to respond with more health and safety for people with mental illnesses, with suicidality, with dementia, with financial crises.
  • Connecting our spiritual leaders for better responses to sexual assault, racism, and divisiveness.

Support the growth of this kind of faith and spirituality in Durham with your donation. Please donate now to invest in a Durham more peaceful and pluralist.

CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING ON REZONING for the Durham Orange Light Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility | Monday, December 3, 7pm, Durham City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza, Council Chambers, first floor.  If plans for the new light rail service are to move forward, property for a station facility to service and maintain the trains will need to be rezoned for its construction.

RELIGIOUS COALITION FOR A NONVIOLENT DURHAM ROUNDTABLE | Thursday, December 6, 12;00 noon, at the Shepherd's House United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 107 N. Driver Street (corner of Main and Driver). Lunch from CORE Catering (https://corecater.com/) is free, and all are welcome to break bread with us.

WELCOME HOME PACKAGES FOR FORMER PRISONERS returning to Durham will be distributed by the Durham Re-entry Committee. These packages contain items that will meet some basic needs as they re-enter society, and DCIA has committed to support the committee by providing gift cards to include in 100 of these packages. We are asking you, as our partner congregations, to help us come alongside those in the re-entry process by providing two hundred Walmart gift cards: one hundred $35 cards to be used for personal hygiene items, and another hundred $40 cards to be used for purchasing pre-paid cell phones.

Please bring your purchased gift cards to the next DCIA luncheon meeting: December 18, 11:45 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church. They wil be collected and distributed in 2019. Thank you for partnering with us in supporting individuals in their process of re-entry. Holy Cross parishioners interested in making a donation to the Welcome Home Packages for Former Prisoners may contact Ava Thompson

HELP AT THE SHARE YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFT DISTRIBUTION CENTER | The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center and Durham County Department of Social Services are organizing holiday donations for more than 2,500 people in need in Durham. YOU can help by volunteering for 3 to 4 hour shifts at the Distribution Center at Northgate Mall. Volunteers will check packages in and out as sponsors drop them off and social workers pick them up, arranging packages in their assigned locations as they are delivered and assisting sponsors with unloading their cars.

The Distribution Center will be open from Thursday, November 29 through Thursday, December 13, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; and Sunday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up HERE.

"STANDING ON LOVE" EXHIBIT | October 30–December 2, Duke Chapel. This collection of photographic portraits focuses on family members living with a loved one on death row. Their faces and words are meant to offer a chance to reflect on the meaning of values such as justice, mercy, and compassion.

NORTH CAROLINA COUNCIL OF CHURCHES OPIOID CRISIS SURVEY FOR CHURCH LEADERS | Please complete NCCC's listening tour survey and pass it along to other church leaders with a request to add their voice. This survey will be used to record concerns, stories, and to set a baseline of knowledge about opioid overdose in NC, programs available in the state, and drug addiction. Your participation is invaluable to our work, and we are appreciative of your time in sharing a thoughtful response. Individual responses will be private, and a summary report will be shared with all participants. The listening tour can be found at:  https://www.ncchurches.org/programs/phw/opioid-crisis/listening-tour/

MINISTRY FOR DISTRESS IN HOLIDAY SEASON | The holidays are a time of excitement and joy for many of us. But for a number of others, the holiday season can bring on or worsen stress, anxiety and depression. How can you be prepared to comfort and care for those struggling in your community this coming holiday season? See these resources:

HOMESHARE DURHAM | Do you have an extra room in your home or know someone who does? Could you use some help with chores in and/or outside your home? Would you like some companionship at home? Could you use a little extra money on a regular basis? 

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, HOMESHARE DURHAM might be for you. This new program matches home providers with home seekers via a screening process of both, conducted by Joseph Barnes, the HomeShare Durham Program Manager. Renters pay below-market rates in exchange for providing agreed-upon services.  To learn more about this wonderful new program, initiated by Durham Congregations In Action (DCIA), visit here or the HomeShareDurham Facebook Page.  Enhance your own life while helping someone in our community. It’s a “win-win” opportunity.

MEALS ON WHEELS OF DURHAM relies on people just like you to help deliver hot meals to seniors and disabled individuals who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. Volunteer Delivery Drivers deliver a hot meal and a smile to our clients using your own vehicle.  We deliver Monday through Friday, between 10:00 am and 12:30 pm. Allow one and a half hours for delivery. You can join our awesome group of volunteers by completing this online application or by calling the office at 919-667-9424.

VOLUNTEER OR DONATE TO SUPPORT SANCTUARY IMMIGRANT JOSE CHICAS, an immigrant minister in sanctuary with St. John's Missionary Baptist Church and the School for Conversion. St. John's is seeking additional partners for meals and visitors for Jose. To volunteer in this, go to the sign-up page here: Support Pastor José. Jose's wife Sandra is also collecting funds to pay for his prescription medications; conations can be made here. If you or your congregation would like to visit and support Jose, please contact Sandra.

View more details and additional events at the DCIA website. Submit announcements to share to dcia@dcia.org or via Ava Thompson, Holy Cross's Justice, Peace and Human Concerns coordinator and DCIA representative.

Report submitted by Ava Thompson, Holy Cross, on behalf of Rev. Spencer W. Bradford, executive director, Durham Congregations In Action, 919.688.2036. This report was lightly edited for style and format. 


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