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  • Faith Based Background and Initiatives

    On January 29, 2001, President George W. Bush issued Executive Order 13198, creating Centers for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives in five cabinet departments-Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Education (ED), Labor (DOL), and Justice (DOJ). The Executive Order charged each Center to conduct:

    "a department-wide audit to identify all existing barriers to the participation of faith-based and other community organizations in the delivery of social services by the department, including but not limited to regulations, rules, orders, procurement, and other internal policies and practices, and outreach activities that either facially discriminate against or otherwise discourage or disadvantage the participation of faith-based and other community organizations in Federal programs."

    Pima County's Faith Based Initiatives grew out of a personal, long-standing interaction with faith-based community by County Supervisor Dan W. Eckstrom. On September 7, 2003, the Pima County Board of Supervisors, unanimously, voted to create the post of faith-based coordinator, making Pima County the first county (and currently the only county) in the nation to have a faith-based coordinator.

    Faith-Based and Community Initiatives also coordinates the following activities:

    KIOSK Program -- Computer labs, linked to the One-Stop Systems, are placed in faith based organizations to assist community residents with employment opportunities. Pima County's Faith Based Initiative has partnered with the DOL One-Stop and the Desert Waste Not Warehouse, which provides refurbished computers for the labs. Desert Waste Not Warehouse, a non-profit recycling organization, is also licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education to provide basic training in computer software and hardware.Community Outreach and Information.

    The goal of Community Outreach and Information is to empower the community by providing assistance and workshops that help the community come together to effect change in their neighborhood and to improve their personal quality of life. Staff meets with residents and works with them to improve their financial literacy, encourage their sense of community and develop their leadership skills.

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