Posted: Nov 9, 2010 5:02 PM by Russell Jones, Sarah Rosario, Heather Harel
Updated: Nov 9, 2010 5:02 PM
BATON ROUGE - After two years of planning and organizing, community leaders today announced the formation of a multi-issue initiative called "Together Baton Rouge."
The initiative will focus on issues such as crime, neighborhood improvement, economic development and education. Organizers will start by hosting a three-month campaign of small group conversations called "house meetings," where members of the group from all denominations will sit and discuss ways to solve crime issues.
Members of the new group hope they will be able to accomplish what others have not.
"It's going to work. we've just got to come together as a team. It will work," said Alberta Washington, a member of Donaldson Chapel Baptist Church.
"Two things we ask people: where do you see the problem in your community? Are you willing to work on solving that problem? If they're not willing to work on solving it, then it will not be solved," said Lee Wesley, reverend of Community Bible Baptist Church.
Each concern will be tackled first by prayer and then by action.
Together Baton Rouge is modeled after other successful faith-based initiatives that have worked in larger states including New York, Massachusetts and Texas.