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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service

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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday is on Monday, January 16th, and once again we have an exciting opportunity to demonstrate the unity of the Body of Christ.  The 17th annual “One in Christ” Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Service will be Sunday, January 15th, 2022 at 3:00 pm at Port Huron First United Methodist, 828 Lapeer, Port Huron, MI 48060. It’s sponsored by Operation Transformation in collaboration with Blue Water Area Churches.

You will have the opportunity to help us demonstrate our unity in Christ by showing our love to the community. Please bring any of the following to help those who are homeless which will be staying at the Warming Shelter that’ll be opening soon! Items that are needed: travel size personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, mouth wash, hand soap, and hand towels), socks, underwear, depends, sweatpants, and sweatshirts.

Our special guest speaker will be Pastor John Pomeroy. Pastor Pomeroy has served as pastor of New Anthem Church. The service will also feature special music, scripture readings, and dance ministry. Please join us as we celebrate “Unity in Christ”.   

Operation Transformation 2022 Projects

​This is a brief list, click here for a more extensive list.

  • Sponsored and planned a Martin Luther King Community Service at Marysville Assembly.  The service included a Worship Team and guest speaker Carl Miller, with 100+ attending.  It was broadcast on Facebook Live.  Shared updated of diversity improvements from 7 community organizations.

  • Worked with Forgotten Man Ministries to take over the oversight of the Spiritual Life program to the inmates at the Intervention Center.  Several Recovery Bible studies were offered.  Continued chaplain services to the Officers of the Sheriff Department, with 164 Christmas cards and Our Daily Breads given to staff at Christmas, Easter & 911.

  • 350 inmates received Christmas gifts. Continued to offer our Mentoring Program to inmates as they get out. OT organized a group of people to go sing Christmas carols to each of the local jail pods and share some scripture and a short sermon with them. 

  • Promoted Foster Care help needed through parenting, respite care and donated goods.  Also set up a monthly meeting with DHHS for church representatives. We collected needed items for foster care. We had many donations including 500 diapers, formula, 17 backpacks, 5 coats, 85 pairs underwear, 60 games/toys, 50 stuffed animals, backpacks, and towels. These items will be donated to local foster care closets for families to pick up. 

  • Administrated “40 Days of Prayer Initiative” with 18 churches hosting and 500+ attending during the Lent season.

  • Administrated and promoted faith bands giving live concerts on McMorran Plaza for 10 weeks in the summer.

  • Continue a Mentoring Program – primarily to those getting out of jail, on parole, or requested from the Recovery Community.  # of relationships?

  • OT coordinated with several other local organizations and churches to establish a temporary warming shelter to launch in 2023 at All Nation Church of God. 

Progress in Our Community

 

For our Community "One in Christ" MLK Service we reached out to leaders in the community to get updates on how their organization is working on unity within the community, and areas that are still needing to be worked on. See below for their responses.

 

Randy Maiers - Community Foundation of St. Clair County

 

  • Feedback

  • Operations

  • Board & Committees

  • Investment

  • Grants & Scholarships

  • Philanthropy

 

  • There is still work to be done in many areas.

 

Josh Chapman - YMCA of the Blue Water Area

 

  • Creating intentional processes to support economic prosperity

  • Create safe spaces to have honest conversation

  • Focusing on outcomes and not talking points

 

  • Providing hope

  • Focusing on terminology in terms of equity

  • Continuing the conversation so we don’t go silent until “something” happens again.

  • Continue to have conversation around equality vs equity

 

Theo Kerhoulas - Port Huron Area School District

 

  • PHS were the first K-12 school district in the region to open an office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This team is presently focused on five goals and working to expand.

 

  • More work in reducing the achievement and opportunity gaps between certain groups.

 

Melinda Johnson - Blue Water Community Action

 

  • We have offered opportunities to learn about bias and had trainings on harassment. 

  • We had planned more trainings, but the pandemic caused us to set them aside for now.

 

  • The most critical item is that we need to be “consistently persistent” in the work. 

 

Chief Joseph Platzer - Port Huron Police Department

 

  • Walked in the NAACP, BLM, & student planned protests.

  • Created/Displayed a unity banner in front of MOC;

  • Created a specific “Duty to Intervene” policy to include all crimes force. 

  • Updated policies: Subject Control – Lethal and Less Lethal Force and Biased Based Policing.

  • Placed department polices on-line on our department website.

  • Continued to keep a close relationship with the NAACP and local media to answer questions.

  • Continue to maintain national (CALEA) and statewide (MACP) accreditation.

  • Continue to submit PHPD information to the National Use-of-Force Data Collection.

  • Continue to have a supervisor and the Captain review all subject control/Use of Force incidents.

  • Implementation of body-worn cameras. PHPD has had in-car camera systems for over 25 years.

  • Created a Professional Standards / Training Sergeant position. 

 

  • Continue with the Chief’s – Community Resource Champions.

  • Create a better understanding of all groups involved.

  • Get more officers of different races, genders to apply as employees.

  • Train officers more and provide them the necessary equipment to be a great officer.

  • Attend events to interact socialize with people or groups different from your own.

 

Stella Daniels - St. Clair County Department of Health and Human Services

  • We have created an Internal DEI Team to bring collective awareness

  • Created County Wide DEI plan.

  • We also utilize Continuous quality improvement activities to reduce disparity in service

  • Collaborating with community partners to discuss DEI initiatives to mitigate disparities

  • Providing Mandatory Reporter Training to highest referral sources for abuse/neglect cases.

  • Incorporating DEI principles into all hiring practices.

  • Mandatory Bias Training for employees

  • ERRACE Training (Anti-Racism Workshop) for all Managers and DEI team members

 

  • Increase foster care homes for marginalized populations though community education.

  • Initiate an Internal review of practices to reduce disparity.

  • Increase community engagement through education of Programs and Services.

  • DEI as a standing agenda item in all staff meetings

 

Randy Fernandez – City of Marysville

  • Put on a diversity training

  • Started and continue to host the Diversity Initiative of St. Clair County on a monthly basis.

  • Reach out to minority groups/magazines, etc. whenever they have job openings.

  • Attend & sponsor or find sponsors for minority-based events throughout the county

  • Acknowledges more work needs to be done.

 

  • Know they have short comings, owns them, and strives always to do better.

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