Altagracia Faith and Justice Works offers several programs and initiatives while also maintaining an active role in several community coalitions in order to build bridges between the faith communities and other community-based organizations. By bringing resources into parishes, schools, and community groups, we form and strengthen community collaborations and networks to better address local needs. This collaboration supports and strengthens the programs and initiatives such as: Social Justice Ministry Teams and the Global Thinking, Local Action, Universal Impact (GLU) Youth Service-Learning Program.
Our Programs and Projects
Social Justice Ministry Teams
Altagracia Faith and Justice Works organizes Social Justice Ministry teams in local parishes, which address local community social justice issues. Each team determines the specific topics through a process of faith formation, discernment, reflection, and participatory decision-making process. Team members discuss their lived experiences in the community, share about the needs, think about the roots of the problem and which laws, policies, and decision-makers have influence over these needs and issues, reflect on how faith can inform and inspire and enlighten our perspectives on the issue, and then together form a plan of collective action, followed by evaluation and celebration. The focus of many teams recently has been affordable housing and the Inwood NYC rezoning process.
If you are interested in joining a Social Justice Ministry team, Scan the QR code or visit https://forms.gle/X961x9hiuC3nJ9fZ9
Global Thinking, Local Action, Universal Impact (GLU) Youth Service Learning Program
Altagracia Faith and Justice Works offers a youth service-learning program called “Global Thinking, Local Action, Universal Impact (GLU),” which introduces high school students to issues of social justice by way of community service activities, advocacy workshops, guest presentations, interactive activities and a final project to illustrate how they can make service, social justice, and civic engagement an enduring part of their lives beyond the program. Each week-long session focuses on a particular theme of service and social justice like hunger and food justice, environmental justice, etc.
If you are interested in participating in a future GLU Program session, Scan the QR code or visit https://forms.gle/XNbPf4SAUjwudDBYA
“Take What You Need , Leave What You Can”
Altagracia Faith and Justice Works supervises and maintains a Community Fridge to be shared with members of the community. It is maintained by volunteers and there is always a need for more helping hands. The fridge is a symbol of mutual aid. We encourage members of the community to “take what you need, leave what you can”. The community fridge accepts all unopened food items but excludes alcoholic beverages and other personal items such as clothing, books, etc.
We need volunteers!
If you are interested in volunteering to help keep the fridge clean, stock shelves, or assist with community outreach, Scan the QR code or visit https://forms.gle/CFDWhbaBb7eYbBXTA