How can under-resourced Rochester neighborhoods thrive in the face of poverty, drugs, crime and racism? Project URGE, a local, faith-based non-profit group, will hold a community leadership workshop Sept. 17, in an effort to answer the question.
“We need to discuss issues of trust, the silos that are built in our community, and begin to figure out how we can approach these challenges of poverty and race that have been bubbling under the surface,” the group’s founder and executive director, Garry Manuel, stated. “It threatens and prohibits the incredible community Rochester could be. As a faith-based non-profit, Project URGE continually tries to live this out. That’s why both urban and suburban churches need to have a voice in this discussion, alongside community leaders.”
According to Manuel, the group will hold a daylong interactive workshop titled “Collaborative Problem Solving,” Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at The Pillar, 46 Mt. Hope Ave.
The cost will be $50 per person, and $35 for each additional guest, and local consulting group SKEO Solutions will lead the workshop.
The event has been designed for leaders of organizations, ministries, government agencies and churches.
“It’s not just for people already familiar with Project URGE, “ he stated. “But, also for those who haven’t yet taken a seat at the table, who aren’t yet a part of the big-picture, solution-finding conversation.
Manuel said the group’s focus has been to work with faith and community organizations, through urban and suburban partnerships, in an attempt to facilitate development in Rochester’s at-risk communities.
In addition, following the event, he said Project URGE plans to hold ongoing quarterly networking and training meetings, to connect churches, community-based agencies, ministries, and residents in the community.
“People can contact us to see what options are out there for working together,” he stated. “We’ve been setting up volunteer opportunities with churches, schools and people in the community for more than a dozen years. And, after the workshop, I’m certain there will be opportunities for people to climb aboard to work on specific challenges that have been outlined in the workshop by URGE, and those who attend.”
Visit www.projecturge.org to register, or call 585-223-8340 for additional information regarding the event.