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Organization: Isaiah

Sector: 501C-3 Non-Profit ; Faith-based

Organization Mission: ISAIAH is a vehicle for congregations, clergy, and people of faith to act collectively and powerfully towards racial and economic equity in the state of Minnesota.

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Dear All, 

I hope that all of you are having a wonderful summer!

I wanted to write to update you on how we will be proceeding to support the
work all of you have done to lay the foundation for a powerful organization
in Rochester.

Thanks for your patience as we undergo a transition in staffing.  Again, I
want to reiterate, that ISAIAH staff and the ISAIAH Board of Directors are
completely committed to moving forward with all of you to build a powerful,
faith-based movement for racial and economic justice in Rochester.  We also
know, from years of building local organizing capacity, that every place is
different and all organizing must be locally and organically grounded to be
effective.   Therefore, we want to take the opportunity of this transition,
to re-ground ourselves with you in the mission and vision of what we want to
build together.

ISAIAH is a faith-based organization committed to being a vehicle for
congregations and people of faith to act effectively for racial and economic
justice.  ISAIAH is made up of member congregations who deeply commit to one
another to be "member-owners."  Member congregations pay dues, are
represented on the Board of Directors, govern the organization and are the
core decision-makers as to the mission, vision and strategic direction of
the whole. Exploring membership in ISAIAH is a serious undertaking for any
congregation and a collective of congregations in a region exploring
membership in ISAIAH is an even bigger undertaking!  

We have committed an experienced staff team from ISAIAH to work with a core
leadership team from Rochester in the month of August.  This team along with
some Board Members of ISAIAH met with Rev. Don Barlow, Sr. Patricia Fritz,
Miguel Valdezsoto and Rev. Andy Nelson at the end of July.  This team will
be working with the ISAIAH Staff Team to put together a larger gathering of
clergy and religious leaders in early to Mid-September to put before you
some thoughts on how to delve deeper and create a firm foundation for a
collective of 15-25 congregations in Rochester to come together to form an
organization.  In the meantime, we will also be setting up one-to-one
meetings with many of you to hear more from you about your hopes, your
vision and your interest in this enterprise.

The staff team from ISAIAH on this project will be as follows:

Paul Marincel: 25 Years of organizing experience, founder of ISAIAH, MORE2
in Kansas City, TAP in South Bend.
Lisa Amman: Organizing Director of ISAIAH, 10 years of faith-based
organizing experience Doran Schrantz: Director of ISAIAH, 12 years of
community and faith-based organizing experience

We will also be engaging Phyllis Hill, ISAIAH Lead Organizer, Rev. Grant
Stevensen, President of the Board and Rev. Paul Slack, Chair of ISAIAH
Clergy Caucus.

Please directly contact myself, Lisa or Paul if you have questions or
concerns.  We would be more than happy to talk with you!

Doran Schrantz
Executive Director
ISAIAH
612-333-1260 x. 211
schrantz@isaiah-mn.org

 


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Status Reports / News 
Related PlanScape Status on: Diversity and Inclusion, Governance/Public Policy, Housing, Income

December 08, 2019 openBeam.net: Isaiah News

2019 Rochester ISAIAH Community Meetings and news. 

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April 02, 2020: Resilient Option - finding strength and connection

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April 01, 2020: Diversity Council March Latest Newsletter with COVID-19 Info

In light of all that is going on throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Diversity Council wants to remain a connector and convener for all those in need throughout our community. If you are aware of valuable information and resources, please email info@diversitycouncil.org and we will do our best to increase awareness.

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March 31, 2020: Community Service Officers and Cub Foods Partnership

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March 30, 2020: Important Update on Applying for Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota's Unemployment Insurance team members are processing more applications for unemployment benefits than ever before. It is our top priority to process applications efficiently and effectively, and to ensure that we can deliver for Minnesotans in this time of need.

To ensure our system can handle the increased activity we are experiencing, we are asking that *new* unemployment insurance applicants apply online on an assigned day, based on your social security number (SSN).

If you need to apply for unemployment benefits for the first time, please refer to the schedule below to learn when you are scheduled to apply. You will only be allowed to apply on your assigned day - or on Thursday or Friday if you missed your assigned day.

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March 27, 2020: Governor Tim Walz Press Conference Summary

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March 18, 2020: Council's Priorities During COVID-19

Over the coming days, you will begin to see a rapid number of updates on our Council Facebook page. These updates will provide you with the latest information on actions the federal and state governments have taken as components of their ongoing response to mitigate the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. 

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March 18, 2020: Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation

Announcing the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF)

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March 16, 2020: United Way of Olmsted County: Inter-Agency Volunteer Coordination

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March 12, 2020: Health Assessment and Planning

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Impacts

The work of this organization may have impacts on the following areas:

PlanScape

Lvl 1: Diversity and Inclusion ; Governance/Public Policy ; Housing ; Income

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DMC Impact:

Community Health Impact area: Financial Stress/Homelessness

 


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Organization Life Cycle Assessment (Pause, Startup, Steady, Isolated Impact, Collective Impact  Unknown)

Collective Impact

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The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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