Focus Groups have BEGUN!!!
Well this will be a fairly short email at least compared to the others.
Devotion was led by Liv Larsen Andrews and quoted passages from Luke 16 and used the analogy of the great chasm between Heaven and Hell to compare this with the gap between rich and poor and how SALT has given her hope and hopefully others the belief that this gap can be bridged.
Kathy from United Way presented a certificate for the excellent work done by VU students at the annual Day of Caring (4th year). This marked the first year VU students participated and this will become an annual event for SALT and the campus to get involved in each year from the magnificent display of hard work and turnout.
---She also mentioned that every 3 years, the United Way unveils a county needs-assessment and this will be occuring on October 18th at the Porter County Expo and she hopes someone from SALT can act as a representative, contact her at Kathyb@unitedway.org for more information.
Gave a brief overview of why SALT takes the issue of immigration so seriously through three main topics:
LIRS = Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Dream Act = bill since 2001 that continues to be tabled
--encompassed within the bill is that any immigrant youth that reached the United States 5 years ago or before that at the age of 15 or younger would be given 6 years residency (as long as their record was clear)
--then during this 6 years they must devote 2 years towards further education or military service and then after the 6 years they would be granted permanent residency...which is actually what Pastor Jim is from "OH Canada"--just a little fact I thought I'd throw in there
The final topic is advocacy which is the hope to seek structural reform by voicing our opinions through letters, meetings, etc
Email Katie.Martin@valpo.edu if you are interested in more information about any of these
The main thrust of the meeting was devoted to breaking up into the Focus Groups:
which have the main topics of:
1) Medical Related
4) Human Rights
*We really need to think of more creative names for these!!!*
Enjoy the one-on-ones with your focus groupmates and bring back a lot of the great ideas to next week's meeting so the focus groups can get rolling....
Finally the big event for the weekend is CROP WALK.
Time : 12:30
EVEN IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED UP AND STILL WANT TO WALK TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE COME ON OUT!!
There is still plenty of time to get more donations and can register online at www.cropwalkonline.org
email Mallory.Dignin@valpo.edu for more information or any questions