Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Chicago's Salem Baptist Featureed

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Feature: Salem Baptist Church: Vision 2007

Every Saturday, following services at Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, members of this 10,000 African-American congregation come out of the pews and into the streets of Roseland on the city's south side to help those in need. It’s part of an innovative service project known as "Vision 2007," inspired by Church Pastor James Meeks, that provides food, clothing, legal advice, health, mentoring and other services to thousands living in this impoverished Chicago community.

Judy Valente provides a behind-the-scenes look at how this ambitious outreach program is transforming both the lives of participating church volunteers and their Roseland neighbors. "We’re closer than we've ever been before," says congregation member Denise Rogers. “Where we might have been doing different projects before this one, now all of our focus -- everything that we do -- is on the community."

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