The Center for Just and Caring Communities is based upon the premise that just and caring communities are created and sustained by transformational relationships. Reciprocal and interactive connections between individuals, families, groups, communities, and society at large exist to either strengthen or violate healthy relationships within these systems. The Center exists to conduct research and to promote strategies that uplift, restore, and transform these relationships with a special emphasis on vulnerable persons and communities.
The Center has initiatives in two areas:
- Faith, Church, and Community:
- Ongoing education, training, and promotion of service-learning opportunities to involve faculty and students in specific vulnerable communities.
- Research around faith, church, and community engagement.
- Community service projects linking the university and the community, such as Room in the Inn, CANstruction, poverty simulation, etc.
- Trauma, Faith, and Resilience:
- Ongoing education, training, and promotion of service-learning opportunities to involve faculty and students with specific traumatized populations
- Research around trauma, faith, and resilience
- Community service projects such as those targeting critical incident and stress management, victims of violent crime service and advocacy, trauma support for law enforcement professionals, etc.