October 28, 2013
People of different faiths worked to make a local impact.
The eighth annual assembly of IMPACT, or Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together, gathered on Monday night at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic church in Charlottesville.
Charlottesville and Albemarle congregations listened to problems facing the community and decided this year to work on mental health.
The group also considered the community problems of housing and unemployment and underemployment.
Every year the group picks problem areas and works to find solutions. Then, once a year, they present those solutions to community leaders with the hope that those leaders will get on board.
"We have all of these people that come up to the John Paul Jones Arena who will stand an support the issue in front of the different leaders so that the leaders will take us seriously and realize that we really need changes," said Dorothy Jordan, IMPACT co-president.
That summit at JPJ of the faith groups will meet on Monday, April 28, 2014.
Jordan says the group will next research mental health.
"It might be mental health with young adults, I don't know how we will cut the issue, but we will research it to see the best way we can break it down so it will be winnable when we go to JPJ in April of 2014."