GNOFHAC Newsletter January 2019

Happy New Year!

We’re excited for all that this year will bring, like the new security deposit law which goes into effect today! Read on for details and other important news.

If we lose our people and our culture, we lose our city

In December, City Council delayed a hearing on new short-term rental rules that could slow displacement and create affordable housing. In response, residents and advocates gathered for a “People’s Public Comment” instead. Want to stand with us? Here are a few things you can do: (1) Join us January 10th for the hearing. (2) Call your Councilmember, and the two At-Large Councilmembers, today to tell them you support Councilmember Palmer’s proposal. The new proposal would let homeowners—but not speculators—rent to tourists in neighborhoods. The rules would also require large developers to match their commercial STRs with an affordable home too. Call Councilmember Jason Williams at (504) 658-1070 and Councilmember Helena Moreno at (504) 658-1060.

Get your security deposit back!

In 2018, GNOFHAC worked with the Louisiana Legislature to pass a new law that raises the penalty for landlords who keep security deposits without good reason. The law increases the amount a tenant can receive if they win their case to three times the amount of the stolen deposit. Learn more here or call GNOFHAC at (504) 596-2100 or Southeast Louisiana Legal Services at (504) 529-1000 if you have questions.

Fit for a King Fair Housing Summit 2019

Join us for the 12th annual Fit for a King Fair Housing Summit: Building the Movement. This year’s summit features iconic Civil Rights leader Diane Nash as the keynote speaker, alongside housing rights advocates, educators, community leaders, and more! The summit is free and open to the public, but please register so we know how many lunches to order. Register here. We’ll also have a special cocktail reception with Diane Nash after the summit. Learn more or get your ticket here.

We’re looking for volunteers! If you’re able to help out for a few hours during Fit for a King, contact GNOFHAC’s Education Coordinator Elana Cohen at ecohen@gnofairhousing.org or (504) 708-2109.

Help build the fair housing movement

Want to help build the movement for fair housing in Louisiana or know someone who might? GNOFHAC is looking for a Community Engagement Coordinator to serve with us through Serve Louisiana’s AmeriCorps program. Learn more or apply at servelouisiana.org. The priority deadline to apply is January 6th!

Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center
1340 Poydras St., Suite 710  | New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(504) 596-2100 | info@gnofairhousing.org

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Baptist Community Ministries Congregational Wellness January 2019 E-Newsletter

JANUARY 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Happy New Year Greetings

“Make a resolution to be a solution.”

A Christmas Wreath: O What A Crown

Our selected entertainment for the Christmas Quarterly Meeting was
Ms. Cassandra “Cassie” Watson, a local harpist and music educator based in New Orleans.

2019 Wellness Ministry Leader Courses

For early bird discount register by January 14, 2019.
Final deadline to register by January 28, 2019.

CNEP – Church Nurse Education Program
(A Basic preparation course for registered nurses)

CHPP – Congregational Health Promoter Program
(A Basic preparation course for lay persons)

For more information, review the following hyperlinks:
Brochure, Flyer, Application
(pictured above: Frances Hawkins, Vice President of CW, and Ell “Mama” Bogan)

With great pleasure Baptist Community Ministries-Congregational Wellness has chosen Ella “Mama” Bogan, CEO & Founder of Women on Assignment, Inc. as the 2018 recipient of donations from our network. Each year, an agency is chosen that has significantly impacted the community. Mama Bogan’s work with mothers and children who have experienced domestic violence is commendable. We are hopeful that these gift cards totaling $585 and bags of toiletries will be of great benefit to the program’s residents.

For more information on Women on Assignment, Inc., click here.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
WELLNESS MINISTRY SPOTLIGHT
Debrina Baham, BSN, RN
New Home Ministries
This month’s spotlight is on the innovative wellness ministry leader at New Home Ministries, pastored by the Reverend Robert C. Blakes, Sr. Ms. Baham has been a member of New Home Ministries for five years and the wellness ministry leader for the past year. She completed the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Curriculum in April 2018 and immediately began her wellness ministry. Click here to read the full article.
BE INSPIRED

Hope and Love: Foundations of Faith in the New Year

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. ~ Romans 5:5

“Hope does not disappoint.” “Hope does not make ashamed.” If hope were for sale, these would be two great sales pitches. It’s like saying, “satisfaction guaranteed” or something along those lines.

“Because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts…” Now the seller of this hope is explaining why it won’t disappoint. “It’s made from 100% genuine, authentic, potent love.” To read the full article, click here.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES
HEALTHY TIPS
UPCOMING MONTH HEALTH TIP

Heart struggles may inspire women to make lifestyle changes

By American Heart Association News

Baptist Community Ministries – Congregational Wellness Newsletter, The REMEDIUM, October 2018

OCTOBER 2018
Wellness Ministry Leaders:
To ensure that you continue to receive all communications from Congregational Wellness, please complete the
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Have you submitted your monthly activity report? For a fillable PDF Form, download by clicking [HERE]. Wellness Ministry leaders are to submit activity reports to Lisa Collins or Sharon Burel by the 20th of each month. Also, to be considered for the annual Meritorious Grant, your reporting must be up to date (meritorious grants are awarded when funds are available).
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
COMMUNITY EVENTS

Your Ultimate Fall Festival Guide

During the fall in New Orleans, festival season is in full swing with celebrations showcasing music, food, New Orleans culture, neighborhoods and more. Click here for details.
WELLNESS MINISTRY SPOTLIGHT
Celia Higgins-Miles
Grace & Glory Family Worship Church International
Congratulations to Celia Higgins Miles, our spotlight for October.  In 2016, Celia Higgins Miles was called by her pastor to lead the wellness ministry for Grace and Glory Family Worship Church International (GGFWCI). Prior to moving to GGFWCI, she was an industrious member of Household of Faith (HOF) for 19 years where she served in the Ministerial Alliance, Sisters by Faith and Intercessory Prayer Group.  In 2014 when HOF Associate Minister Eileen Lumar Johnson was called to pastor GGFWCI, Mrs. Miles was called to follow. Click here to read the full article.
BE INSPIRED

Satisfied in His Presence

As the deer pants for water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. Where can I find him to come and stand before him? Psalm 42: 1, 2

This passage is believed to be written by David, an Old Testament saint, who was often afflicted and just as often rescued by God’s sovereign grace. David was a believer but often faced persecution, peril and depression. As a believer, he never lost his hope in God nor his longing to be in the presence of God. For David, the presence of God was always available in the temple. He said in another place that he longed to be in his courts, meaning in the temple, the house of God. He wanted desperately to be in God’s presence. He said:

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
Psalm 84:10

To read the full article, click here.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Public Health Advisory – Opioid Epidemic

If you or someone you know is in a behavioral health crisis, call the Metropolitan Crisis Response Team at
(504) 826-2675.

January 23, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Health issued a standing order so you do not need a prescription for Naloxone. Anyone 18 years or older can get Naloxone from pharmacies that carry it without a prescription. Pharmacies that are known to carry Naloxone are the University Medical Center ‘Outpatient Pharmacy’ at 2000 Canal Street and Crescent City Pharmacy at 2240 Simon Bolivar Avenue. For additional services, visit thePublic Health Advisory webpage.

HEALTHY TIPS

Warning Signs of Breast Cancer

Due to the increased use of mammography, most women in the United States are diagnosed at an early stage of breast cancer before symptoms appear. However, not all breast cancers are found through mammography. The most common symptoms of breast cancer are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge. Click here to view warning signs you should be aware of.
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Tulane University, Center for Public Life: Campus Community Connections

Storytelling & Resource Sharing for Meaningful, Long-Lasting Partnerships

Last Wednesday, CPS hosted a Storytelling & Resource Sharing event at our home-base in Alcee Fortier Hall on Tulane’s campus. Community partners, along with some undergraduate and graduate students and CPS staff, came together to discuss the many ways to maintain and improve upon existing partnerships. All participants were able to share their unique experiences and exchange advice on best-practices. The beautiful weather even allowed for some outdoor activities! A link to the resources discussed at the event, including pictures, can be found here.


CPS Events and Programs

Understanding Your Program: How a Simple “Program Roadmap” Can Make Planning and Evaluation More Useful

Date: Monday, October 8th
Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: Small Center, 1725 Baronne Street
Everyone is under pressure to show the impact of their efforts.  Why not use an approach that not only helps you make the case to funders and stakeholders, but, in the process, gives you the understanding YOU need to make immediate improvements to your efforts.  Tom Chapel, who is the Chief Evaluation Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has been helping public and non-profit programs do planning and evaluation for several decades, is returning to repeat his series of popular workshops. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

Racial Reconciliation and Equity Institute

Dates: Oct. 9, 11, 23 & 25, 30, Nov. 1

Time: 11AM-1:30PM

Location: TBA

In collaboration with the Center for Restorative Approaches, CPS is offering a six session institute for a cohort of community leaders who are interested in learning more and practicing dialogue about racial reconciliation and equity in the workplace. Delve into constructs and concepts of race: definitions, history, and institutional frameworks through mindfulness exercises, thought-provoking discussions, speaker presentations, videos, poetry, hands-on experiential educational activities, social gatherings, community building, meals, skills/knowledge component and “homework” assignments.  Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until September 21, 2018. Apply here.

Public Service Internship Fair

Dates: Wednesday, November 7

Time: 5:30PM-7PM

Location: LBC Qatar Ballroom

The Center for Public Service Internship Program aims to offer quality internship opportunities to Tulane students in a variety of fields. The Internship Fair provides an excellent chance for community partners to meet with undergraduate students seeking unpaid, public service internships for the Spring and Summer 2019 semesters. Reserve a table today, by RSVP here. For more information, please contact Myriam Huet mhuet@tulane.edu


Tulane Events

Tulane PRC Health, Racism, and Communication Seminar Series

Seminars cover communication skills focused on the intersections of health and racism, specifically for community organizers, neighborhood groups, and public health students, professionals, faculty and researchers. Free and open to the public. Recordings will be made available on the Tulane PRC’s YouTube page afterward.
  • Thomas LaVeist, PhD: Dean of Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Health Equity
    • Tuesday, September 11th
  • Julie Fitch, MA: Testing and Capacity-Building Supervisor; STD/HIV Program at Louisiana Office of Public Health
    • Tuesday, September 18th
    • 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    • 1440 Canal Street, 12th Floor, Room 1210
  • Troi Bechet, MSW: Founder and CEO of Center for Restorative Approaches
    • Tuesday, September 25th
    • 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    • 1440 Canal Street, 12th Floor, Room 1210

Community Events  

Not In My Neighborhood! Gentrification Screening and Discussion

Date: Friday, September 7th
Time: 7:00 pm-10:00 pm
Location: The Broad Theater, 636 N Broad Street
Film screening and discussion on gentrification and resistance from New Orleans to South Africa. Discussion after the film will feature filmmakers Kurt Orderson and Turpania Bonner. For more information, click here.

PitchNOLA 2018: Education

For the 4th year of PitchNOLA: Education, Propeller is looking for concrete solutions to measurably improve equitable education outcomes in New Orleans. If you have an idea to tackle the achievement gap and support educational equity in New Orleans, send in your application by September 9th! For more information, click here.

Ethical Lunch

Date: Wednesday, September 12th
Time: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, 2903 Jefferson Avenue
The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal has organized a lunch to organize hospitality workers and secure just working conditions in the industry. For more information, click here.

Nonprofit Fundraising 101

Date: Thursday, September 13th
Time: 1:30 pm-4:30 pm
Location: Ashe Power House Theater, 1731 Baronne Street
Every nonprofit needs to know the options for how it will raise money. This workshop will give you the essential background you need in order to keep your work well-funded. For more information and to register, click here.

Towards Collective Liberation: Embracing an Anti-Racist Worldview 
Dates: Friday, September 21st-Sunday, September 23rd

Location: The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal, 2903 Jefferson Avenue
With the guidance of Chris Crass, Ruth Idakula, and other special guests, we will work together to unpack the role of white supremacist culture in our organizations and in ourselves, and co-create strategies for moving forward in ways that free us all. For more information or to register, click here.

Casa Samba 2018 Fundraiser

Date: Friday, October 19th
Time: 7:00 pm-11:00 pm
Location: Lyons Recreation Center, 624 Louisiana Avenue
Join Casa Samba at their “Carnaval” style fundraising event, featuring the merging of Brasilian Music and New Orleans Carnaval Music. For more information, click here.

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Laura Murphy

Laura is a senior this year at Tulane University. She is majoring in public health and international development, and minoring in economics. Laura will be working at CPS during the Fall semester as a Student Associate with the partnership team. When not working at CPS, she keeps busy by working as a residential advisor in Weatherhead Hall, working as a research assistant at a Chagas Disease laboratory, and volunteering at CrescentCare. A fun fact about Laura is that she has formally studied 5 languages, but can only speak three (English, Japanese, and Spanish).
Tulane University’s Center for Public Service, 6823 St. Charles Avenue, Alcee Fortier Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118

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Congressional Wellness Newsletter, The REMEDIUM, August 2018

AUGUST 2018
Wellness Ministry Leaders:
To ensure that you continue to receive all communications from Congregational Wellness, please complete the
network contact form.
Have you submitted your monthly activity report? For a fillable PDF Form, download by clicking [HERE]. Wellness Ministry leaders are to submit activity reports to Lisa Collins or Sharon Burel by the 20th of each month. Also, to be considered for the annual Meritorious Grant, your reporting must be up to date (meritorious grants are awarded when funds are available).
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
RSVP Options, please contact Gretchen Dobbins at gdobbins@bcm.org, (504) 593-2363 or
SELECT a hyperlink below.
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COMMUNITY EVENTS
The Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans promotes cancer survivorship through education,  patient services and research, with a mission to assist local cancer patients and their families by providing support that will enable them to continue their treatment.
SAVE the DATE: 5th Annual Viva La Cure
September 8th, 2018

For questions about reserved tables and/or sponsorships, contact Michelle Burtch at michelle@cagno.org or 504-733-5539.
Viva La Cure began as a way to give hope to other cancer patients.
New Orleans Behavioral Health Council Panel Discussions
Are you interested in hearing from experts working across diverse fields of behavioral health? Do you want to get involved in these discussions and have your voice heard? Please join one of the following interactive panel discussions click to preview flyer.

The Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD) is the local government entity responsible for developing, supporting and sustaining vulnerable residents in Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes. MHSD has established a single point of entry to mental health, addiction and intellectual/developmental disability services for adults and children (accessible by calling 504-568-3130).

WELLNESS MINISTRY SPOTLIGHT
Suzanne Tarver Vincent
Victory Fellowship
This month we honor Suzanne Tarver Vincent, wellness ministry leader of Victory Fellowship. She is a graduate of Congregational Wellness’ Congregational Health Promoter Program (CHPP). She immediately completed the STAR Project training and implemented the project in her church in 2017. Click here to read the full article.
BE INSPIRED
Live Out Loud, Together
All of nature declares God’s glory. Every creation, animate or inanimate, speak a resounding refrain: how majestic is your name, oh Lord1. Whether a snow capped mountain or an autumn dressed tree, whether a roaring, tempestuous ocean or shallow, quiet stream, whether a ferocious bear or a glowing firefly, they all declare God’s glory – his splendor, his power, his artistry. By his boundless knowledge and agency he crafted all of nature and nature does not fail to be, to exist, to exist out loud. Nor should we. We, God’s best creation, have been fearfully and wonderfully made2. Is there any reason that we should not live out loud above all? Read the full article by clicking here.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
NOLA.gov and City web services
click link for online resources

COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Bike Easy has Community Bicycle Workshops for everyone – commuters, recreational riders, young people and more! Our programs promote bicycle safety and equip old and new riders alike with the resources and skills they need to ride a bicycle safely and confidently, with the ultimate goal of increasing bicycle ridership in our region. If you are interested in hosting a Community Bicycle Workshop, please click to view flyer or contact virginia@bikeeasy.org.

HEALTHY TIPS

Diabetes and Flu

  • Diabetes, even if it is well managed, puts you at high risk of serious flu complications. These problems can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.
  • Flu complications can include pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infection and ear infections. The flu also can make some chronic health problems worse.
  • Diabetes can make the immune system less able to fight infections. Infections can make it harder to control blood sugar levels.
  • People with diabetes are at high risk of developing pneumococcal pneumonia because of the flu. Being up to date on the pneumococcal vaccine is important.
  • People who have diabetes and other health conditions should get a flu shot.
  • Flu vaccination has been associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes.
SEPTEMBER HEALTH AWARENESS

September is National Cholesterol Education Month

Children, young adults and older Americans can have high cholesterol. Learn how to prevent high cholesterol and know what your cholesterol levels mean.

September is National Cholesterol Education Month, a good time to get your blood cholesterol checked and take steps to lower it if it is high. For more information, click here. 
Reference: https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/cholesterol_education_month.htm

Newly Updated, Full Version of Appleseed’s Manual Now Available

Dear Friends:

Thank you so much for your work on behalf of vulnerable immigrants and refugees, and your interest in the ongoing update of Appleseed’s Manual, “Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: A Guide for Practitioners and Immigrants.” For the last several months, we have been working very hard with pro bono partners and other allies—including many of you—to produce a new edition of the Manual that will help families keep deportation from becoming a financial and family catastrophe.

That’s why we are so pleased to announce that a newly updated, full version of the manual has been redesigned and is up on our website.

The newly updated version contains many of the same chapters that we have been posting over the last several months, as well as a few additional chapters, including considerations for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, veterans benefits, and dissolving and selling a business; please see below for an updated list of chapters.

We hope you will download, review, and share individual chapters or the entire manual with as many people as possible. Our goal is to provide an indispensable product for you and other groups and people who are so incredibly dedicated to helping vulnerable immigrants and refugees. We are proud to be part of this effort, and to work with so many of you.

We want to extend our deepest thanks to the many pro bono partners that researched, wrote, and edited chapters of the manual. They include: Adams and Reese LLP, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-based Violence, ASISTA, Ballard Spahr LLP, Cooley LLP,Hogan Lovells LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright, O’Melveny & Myers, The William Alanson White Institute Center for Public Mental Health and White & Case. We also want to thank the Annie E. Casey Foundation and theFord Foundation for their support of this work.

We are happy to report that we are not done yet. You can stay tuned over the next several weeks and months for a full Spanish translation of the manual, training materials, shorter, more user-friendly versions of various chapters and more. If you have ideas for more chapters, please let us know. And if you know someone who should be subscribed for these updates in the future, please forward this email and encourage them to sign up for email updates.

Thank you for your support, comments, suggestions and for the work that you do every day to help immigrant families. We look forward to continuing to work with you!

– The Appleseed Team

Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: A Guide for Practitioners and Immigrants

  • Chapter 1: Child Custody
  • Chapter 2 Assets and Benefits of Minor Children
  • Chapter 3: Ensuring Safety in Public Schools
  • Chapter 4: Psychological Aspects of Deportation and Child Custody
  • Chapter 5: Considerations for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Chapter 6: Managing, Accessing, and Closing a Bank Account
  • Chapter 7: Credit Card, Prepaid and Debit Cards
  • Chapter 8: Managing Outstanding Short Term Service Contracts and Related Bills
  • Chapter 9: Payday and Other Short Term Loans
  • Chapter 10: Insurance
  • Chapter 11: Power of Attorney
  • Chapter 12: Selling a Residential Property
  • Chapter 13: Cars, Car Loans and Car Leases
  • Chapter 14: Ending a Residential Lease
  • Chapter 15: Handling Valuables
  • Chapter 16: Taking Cash Across the Border
  • Chapter 17: Remittance Protections
  • Chapter 18: Collecting Unpaid Wages
  • Chapter 19: Social Security
  • Chapter 20: Veterans Benefits
  • Chapter 21: Dissolving and Selling a Business
  • Chapter 22: Filing Taxes

National Appleseed: Appleseed Network | 727 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20005

Louisiana Appleseed: 1615 Poydras St., Suite 1000, New Orleans, LA 70112

Submitted by: Tara Richard – trichard@appleseednetwork.org