Bridges to Life is a faith-based restorative justice program based in Houston. It was started by John Sage after his sister was murdered. It works in 21 Texas prisons and one in Louisiana.
Louisiana’s Catholic bishops spoke in favor of restorative justice policies in a 2002 pastoral statement “Let Justice and Mercy Meet.” The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections uses some restorative justice ideas and practices in its services, among them victim-offender dialogue.
Churches Supporting Churches is a program to help rebuild 36 churches destroyed or damaged in 12 predominantly African-American neighborhoods in New Orleans. The National Council of Churches is working with six denominations on the project.
Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana works to prepare lay men and women for more meaningful and effective ministry within the Black community and to inspire leadership among individuals of all ages.
Shir Chadash is a Conservative synagogue in the New Orleans area with a Facebook page. Its rabbi, Ethan Linden, has a Twitter account.
The American Red Cross is teaming with African-American religious and civic groups to train volunteers who will be ready to help when future disasters occur. The Red Cross has sent trainers to work with groups from the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster helps voluntary organizations to work together to train and plan for disaster response. NVOAD, based in Alexandria, Va., also helps build connections between the voluntary groups and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Contact Ande Miller, executive director.
Brenda Muñiz is author of the report “In the Eye of the Storm: How the Government and Private Response to Hurricane Katrina Failed Latinos,” completed for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. It was issued in February 2006.
America’s Second Harvest is a network of more than 200 food banks and food-rescue groups coordinated by Craig Nemitz. By the end of November 2005, America’s Second Harvest, based in Chicago, had sent more than 1,900 truckloads carrying close to 59 million pounds of food to survivors of Katrina and Rita.