Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment (C.A.J.E.)
Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment, or C.A.J.E., was established in 2003 as a cooperative effort of multi-denominational churches to bring about justice in the Evansville community.
By relationship building, direct action, and negotiations with community decision makers, C.A.J.E. seeks to empower and elevate the poor and struggling by seeking educational equality, affordable housing, medical care, and much more.
Some of CAJE’s efforts include:
- Increased code inspectors to reduce the number of substandard housing
- Establishing a community dental clinic that is funded by local hospitals and the health department that takes all patients. The clinic operates on a sliding pay scale so no one is turned away on inability to pay.
- Criteria to increase elementary literacy
- Increased access to the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center for at risk students
- Funding for an Affordable Housing Trust Fund to fund nonprofits, for profits, and individuals that want to improve and build new affordable housing.
- Increased public transportation.