Promoting racial understandingIn response to the Los...

Religion Notes

July 02, 1992

Promoting racial understanding

In response to the Los Angeles riots, the African American Ministries Office of the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore is holding a prayer service Saturday to promote racial understanding.

The event will promote voter registration and dialogue in Catholic parishes and schools between people of diverse ethnic and racial heritage.

The service, "A Challenge to Change," will begin at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church at Liberty Heights Avenue and Edgewood Road. Archbishop William H. Keeler and Bishop John Ricard, the urban auxiliary for Baltimore, will speak. The public, Catholic and non-Catholic, is invited.

Service in Jamaica:

Metro Maryland Youth for Christ is sending 26 teen-agers to help with construction projects in Jamaica. They will leave Monday for a two-week stay. They will build classrooms for a church school and collaborate with the Jamaican Youth for Christ volunteers on other projects.

Mark Miller, a spokesman, said most of the young people making the trip come from churches in the area, including Central Presbyterian in Towson and Abbott Memorial Presbyterian in Highlandtown.

Homeless grants:

Three social service agencies have been awarded grants by The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, which is the main umbrella organization for Jewish organizations in the area. This year's grants center on the theme of preventing homelessness.

The grants were: $5,000 to Action for the Homeless for its symposium held in June and follow-up conferences in the future that bring together tenants, landlords and housing advocates to talk about preventing housing evictions; $20,000 to Neighborhood Intervention Strategies, Inc., which will train homeless families in temporary housing to become good, long-term tenants; and $25,000 to Jewish Family Services for a new project to aid severely handicapped and disabled clients who need immediate intervention and referral to other services to prevent them from losing their housing.

The Harry Greenstein Memorial Awards honor the memory of the man who was executive director of the Associated for 37 years.

Help for Pimlico library:

The Associated has arranged for several local Jewish philanthropies to make a combined grant of $25,000 to the city to replace thousands of books destroyed in a May 1 firebombing of the Pimlico branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke was to receive the grant in a ceremony today at the branch, 5001 Park Heights Ave.

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