Events, Testimony, Council Meetings

One City for All – Good Faith Annual Meeting – October 23, 2016
Is it possible to achieve oneness in a city that continues to ask: “who is my neighbor?”; “what is my fair share – in money and time?”; “what does it mean to welcome the stranger?”

The moderator asked the panel final questions:  “what is the worst thing that could happen?  Where is our greatest exposure now? Is Relisha Rudd living in a motel today?  Who is Relisha Rudd in the singles’ shelter?  Is anyone monitoring?”

  •  We need to deal with all problems related to homelessness, but I worry that there is another another Relisha Rudd living in the motels. The plight of the children scares me.  They are so vulnerable.
  • Singles are the crisis on the horizon.  801E is going to close.  What Ward is willing to accept hundreds of men who are homeless?  And there are families placed in motels out of the city with no contacts, food or transportation.
  • Death in the street, sleeping in a store where you work because you can’t get home, domestic violence, security at DC General, the Motels and violence in the street, all scare me.

p1010612We ask the Almighty to guide and inform all of us who experience the fullness of life to do all we can to move with your mercy and grace to heal those forgotten by their communities. Amen.

Testimonies on FY 2017 Proposed Budget, FY2016 Oversight Hearings,Temporary Housing for Families in Neighborhoods and Encampments. 
Good Faith has testified on 9 separate occasions before the Council and its Committees on these topics.

Selected testimony:
Encampments – Rev. John Graham.  February 23, 2016.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families – Rev. James Terrell.  April 20, 2016.
Homeward DC Year Two – John Hisle.  April 29, 2016.

Council Visits – The DC Council has 13 members – a chairman, 4 at large members, and 1 member for each of 8 Wards.

Good Faith has visited 7 of the 13 Council members since the first of the year about Good Faith’s priorities – affordable housing, neighborhood housing for families, year-round right to shelter, chronic homelessness, encampments, day center for single adults, year two Homeward DC and extension of TANF benefits and TANF legislation.

Like to join a team visiting a Council member?  Contact:  Ron Castaldi,

  • Spend 10 worthwhile minutes with the Biblical Roots of Justice as 4 clergy reflect on our call as faith communities to work for justice for our neighbors in need.  Watch the Video of the October 12th event (11 minutes).
  • Read the Covenant.  42 DC congregations and 5 faith organizations have signed the Covenant.  Encourage your congregation to become a participant in the covenant community!

  For more information:  John Hisle,, 301-325-8437.