Neighborhood Appreciation Day Declared in Oakland
Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland declares September 22 as “Neighborhood Appreciation Day”; Mayor recognizes INC volunteers after May 2019 floods in Gatineau, Canada.Show/Hide Transcript
HOST: This week on INC News World: “FYM Foundation Day” declared in Rockford, Illinois; an INC Giving event in Oakland inspires the proclamation of “Neighborhood Appreciation Day”; after major flooding in Ottawa, Church Of Christ volunteers stepped up. Your INC News World starts now.
HOST: Welcome to INC News World, I’m Brother Michael Guerrero coming to you from the INC Media Studios in San Francisco Bay Area.
“25% [or] more people without long-term shelter in Oakland.” SFGate.com
HOST: The number of those considered unsheltered or homeless is on the rise with nearly 25% or more people without long-term shelter in Oakland. But we meet one Oakland resident who found much needed help from a local church. Michelle Peredo has more on this story.
GREGORY CHARLES DUNSTIN (RESIDENT – OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA): When we met Gilbert we used to be homeless.
MICHELLE PEREDO: A chance meeting during a difficult time in Gregory’s life.
GREGORY CHARLES DUNSTIN (RESIDENT – OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA): We used to hang out all day by the restaurant he works at. He would always make sure that we had enough to eat and that we was well taken care of and he invited us out to come.
MICHELLE PEREDO: What was Gregory invited to? An ING Giving Project Neighborhood Appreciation Day held at the Church Of Christ Local Congregation of Oakland, California. But this was not Gregory’s first time coming to an event held by the Church Of Christ.
GREGORY CHARLES DUNSTIN (RESIDENT – OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA): We came to Church one night, Arroyo [Viejo] Park, and today.
MICHELLE PEREDO: Gregory was one of many who had previously attended the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation’s Aid To Humanity recently held in Oakland at Arroyo Park. And activities like these providing aid and welcoming community members did not go unnoticed by Oakland’s Mayor, Libby Schaaf.
MAYOR LIBBY SCHAAF (OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA): I am so grateful for organizations, including faith organizations like Iglesia Ni Cristo.
BROTHER ESTEBAN INCOCENCIO (DISTRICT SUPERVISING MINISTER): It’s truly overwhelming to see the neighborhood, I mean the immediate vicinity, coming in and gracing us in this activity and taking part in this Neighborhood Appreciation Day. This is just a way for us to be able to show the total picture of what the Iglesia Ni Cristo, what the Church Of Christ, is all about through the humanitarian works that we conduct inside the Church Of Christ. That becomes a stepping stone of more bigger activities that we are able to conduct.
TATANISHA WILSON (RESIDENT – OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA): It was awesome, we got a lot of things. I got to get my blood pressure done, my glucose, and make sure I don’t have diabetes. The kids are able to get books for reading really nice, really nice, enjoyed the whole event.
GREGORY CHARLES DUNSTIN (RESIDENT – OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA): We like the atmosphere and the feeling around here. It’s like everybody is happy, the spirit is happy. God is doing a lot here.
MICHELLE PEREDO: As witness to the success of both the recent Aid To Humanity event and this Neighborhood Appreciation Day, Mayor Libby Schaaf honored the Church Of Christ and made a memorable announcement.
MAYOR LIBBY SCHAAF (OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA): It is a blessing to have a good neighbor, but it is even a greater blessing to be a good neighbor. And as we all know good neighbors often become good friends. So therefore be it proclaimed, that as the Mayor of Oakland on behalf of the City of Oakland, we hereby recognize today, September 22, 2019 as Neighborhood Appreciation Day in the City of Oakland. It was an easy decision to proclaim today Good Neighbor Day in the City of Oakland in celebration and in support of the good work that Iglesia Ni Cristo does every day around the world but especially right here in Oakland, California.
MICHELLE PEREDO: Every year this day will be celebrated not only by members of the Church Of Christ, but by the entire city—showing the impact of the Church’s humanitarian efforts to the community. Members of the Church Of Christ, not only here in Oakland, California, but around the world will continue welcoming their neighbors to learn more about the Church Of Christ. To learn more about community outreach events conducted by the Church Of Christ, visit incmedia.org/incgiving. Michelle Peredo for Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network; Oakland, California.
HOST: In the American Midwest, at first glance Rockford, Illinois looks like a quiet suburb.
1 in 62 chance of being the victim of a violent crime. Neighborhoodscout.com
HOST: But these streets also boast of one of the highest crime rates for a city its size. The average citizen has a one in 62 chance of being the victim of a violent crime. But for the last month, this town has seen a kindness that’s rare for Rockford. Justin Cabardo has the details.
JUSTIN CABARDO: August 25th, 2019—Rockford, Illinois. It’s the height of summer, and it’s also the height of the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation’s 2019 U.S. Aid to Humanity Tour. Rockford was the 9th, and final stop of the tour.
GENIE HOLLAND (RESIDENT – ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS) I’m rolling down West State and I see this event. I’m blessed, I pull over, I come in, and I get blessed with book bags.
JUSTIN CABARDO: During this Aid to Humanity event, 1,100 backpacks of school supplies were given to hundreds of residents, as well as free health screening and gently-used winter wear. Ten local organizations were offered donations in the amount of $5,000 each to assist them in the impactful work they’re accomplishing in the community of Rockford, a community all agree is in need.
TAREN TURNER (PRINCIPAL OF ELLIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS): This event is going to provide unity, it’s going to provide hope. Being out here today and seeing so many of our families, just really shows the impact of humanity. It will help us get our basic needs met. It will help in the area of equity.
SARAH RUFFCORN (RESIDENT – ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS) I would say thank you because I don’t think you know that, how much does help because a lot of people think Rockford is very bad. See, there’s so much crime, and for them to pick us? I think it does help because a lot of these families they don’t have nothing.
NANCY CLARK (COMMANDER OF VFW POST 5149 – ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS): I am deeply humbled and I’m so privileged and proud to be involved. Thank you, thank you so much for this generous gift, it will be put to good use.
CARLY RICE (MISS CARLY’S FOUNDATION): Saturday the supplies got lower. This morning we packed up the last of our month’s supplies. And the gratitude I have for this money right here today, I don’t have enough words.
JUSTIN CABARDO: In response to this great outpouring of love and support to the City of Rockford – the city extended an invitation. Less than a month later, representatives of the FYM Foundation were back in Rockford, at the behest of Mayor Thomas McNamara, where he made a special announcement.
MAYOR THOMAS MCNAMARA (ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS): And whereas the FYM Foundation’s Aid to Humanity outreach program ended their recent 9 city U.S. tour in Rockford on August 25th, distributing goodwill bags to citizens and making monetary donations to 10 local agencies, and whereas this year is the 105th Anniversary of the Iglesia Ni Cristo which was established in the Philippines on July 27, 1914; now therefore I, Thomas P. McNamara, as Mayor of the City of Rockford, do hereby proclaim (a little bit late) August 25th 2019, “FYM Foundation Day”.
BROTHER EDUARDO JAVIER (FYM FOUNDATION REPRESENTATIVE): We would like to express our heartfelt thanks, first and foremost to the Mayor of the City of Rockford, Illinois, Mayor Thomas McNamara, thank you sir. And to all of the members of the Council, rest assured, as promised by the Church Of Christ, we will always be a partner of the City of Rockford, Illinois in fighting against poverty. This proclamation, FYM Foundation Day, will be part of Iglesia Ni Cristo history as we celebrate the 105th Anniversary of the Church and as we celebrate the 10th Year Anniversary of our Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo. More power to the City of Rockford, Illinois!
JUSTIN CABARDO: And although the Church is honored to be recognized by the City of Rockford for it’s work in this community, the greatest honor is doing good, whenever we possibly can. To see more humanitarian efforts of the Church Of Christ, log on to incgiving.org. From Rockford, Illinois I’m Justin Cabardo and you’re watching the Iglesia Ni Cristo Television Network.
HOST: Earlier this year, tragedy hit the city of Gatineau, where major flooding of residential areas changed lives in an instant. For Church Of Christ members in the Ecclesiastical District of Ottawa, their swift offer of aid to those in need is now being recognized. Their love for the community manifested in overwhelming effort and concern. Laura Ibanez has the story.
LAURA IBANEZ: Pipes overflowing with water, homes filled with it. A tragic moment for many when river waters began to rise higher than usual in Gatineau, Ottawa.
MAYOR MAXIM PEDNAUD-JOBIN (GATINEAU, OTTAWA, CANADA): During the floodings, we had many people that suffered a lot.
LAURA IBANEZ: Immediate measures were taken to lessen the damage through the help of volunteers.
MAYOR MAXIM PEDNAUD-JOBIN (GATINEAU, OTTAWA, CANADA): And because of those volunteers, there was a lot less suffering.
LAURA IBANEZ: Volunteers from the Church Of Christ through the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation immediately responded to the need of the community in different ways, like creating and placing hundreds of sandbags in high flood areas to prevent further damage to the homes of residents. Later, they helped in clearing the sandbags once the flooding subsided and even donating to a nearby shelter that housed those affected by the flood through a monetary donation given by the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation.
SHELTER WORKER (MOISSON OUTAOUAIS AND LE GITE AMI): Thank you very much and thank you to all the parishioners who helped, through your Church, to help the needy.
LAURA IBANEZ: And cleaning around the affected areas. This grand immediate gesture caught the attention of the Mayor of Gatineau.
MAYOR MAXIM PEDNAUD-JOBIN (MAYOR OF GATINEAU): And please allow me to say a special thanks to all the volunteers of the Church Of Christ. There were a few hundred that participated in the tornado and the flooding. They were on the crowd with us and they gave us a big help.
LAURA IBANEZ: And so the mayor prepared something to show appreciation.
MAYOR MAXIM PEDNAUD-JOBIN (MAYOR OF GATINEAU): We decided to organize this to say thank you to all the volunteers that did an amazing job during the floodings.
LAURA IBANEZ: The Church Of Christ was invited to an event designated by the Mayor of Gatineau, along with other community leaders in recognizing their humanitarian efforts to the community, a way for Church Of Christ members to express their faith in action.
MAYOR MAXIM PEDNAUD-JOBIN (MAYOR OF GATINEAU): But in time of crisis, herein Gatineau, we can profoundly be proud of your generosity.
BRO DWAYNE ROSS BLANCO (MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL): We also helped in giving food donations to those who are also in need of those things and we likewise help them to understand the truth upheld inside the Church Of Christ.
LAURA IBANEZ: With a special message from the Mayor of Gatineau to the Executive Minister of the Church Of Christ in leading Church Of Christ members like in Gatineau, Ottawa in giving importance to the needs of others.
MAYOR MAXIM PEDNAUD-JOBIN (MAYOR OF GATINEAU): In the name of the citizens of Gatineau, thank you to Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, thank you.
LAURA IBANEZ: The humanitarian efforts have been well known through the different provinces of Canada. Whether it be care packages, donations or simply helping communities in need and in times of tragedy, the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation continues to shine as a beacon of hope for many throughout the world. To find out about more humanitarian efforts that have reached different parts of the world, log on to iglesianicristo.net. Laura Ibanez; Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network; Gatineau, Canada.
HOST: Thank you to everyone who submitted photos of their pet family members —we always love to see all of our furry, feathered, and scaled friends!
HOST: Our Pet Corner this week is featuring Caori, she’s a half Shih Tzu and half Mini Pinscher. She turns five this year and lives in Cainta, Rizal with the Aquino family. She loves to go for walks, she also loves to eat fruits, and her favorite fruit is watermelon. Caori may not know a lot of tricks but she does understand the word “labas,” a Tagalog word which means “go out”. If you have a pet family member you want us to feature, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Pet Corner.
HOST: Now it’s time for the segment where we celebrate your milestones, “Solid Through the Ages.”
HOST: The INC News World team would like to greet Apol Fernandez a happy birthday! She celebrates eighty-eight years this year. She’s a finance officer from the Local Congregation of Roseville, California. She had this advice to remain steadfast in the faith: “Love God above all. Always have holy fear in Him and obey all His commandments. Respect and obey the Church Administration. God is the one who placed them to lead His nation and they are accountable to Him.” If you see her in the Local Congregation of Roseville, don’t forget to greet her! And if you know anyone celebrating a milestone birthday let us know at email@example.com with the subject: Solid Through the Ages.
HOST: Well that does it for us on INC News World, tune in every Friday for new episodes of INC News World on incmedia.org. I’m Brother Michael Guerrero and on behalf of the entire INC News World team, thank you for joining us. Have a great weekend and God bless!