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Post Date:12/20/2019 8:07 AM

December 20, 2019 -- Bartlett Community Care Initiative (BCCI) a collaboration between the Village Church of Bartlett and the Bartlett Police Department to help provide for those in the community who find themselves in crisis or in a time of need. Launched just this past summer, the initiative is already providing the “opportunity for the Police Department to interface with community needs” in
a way that was previously unavailable. According to Sergeant Jessica Crowley, when officers respond to a call, they often find someone in an extreme circumstance that can’t be addressed with the routine resources in their Monday through Friday toolbox. 

Village Church of Bartlett is a registered 501(c)(3) and BCCI is supported by a specific fund that the church wholly oversees and manages. Through this fund BCCI can equip Bartlett PD with:
Uber rides for people who need to get to drug/alcohol treatment outside of the Village; hotel rooms for victims of violent crimes or domestic abuse; train rides to mental health services; meal or grocery gift cards for someone weathering a trauma; service projects for Bartlett residents who need help and much more.

In addition to supporting Bartlett PD with resources, BCCI is connecting caring volunteers with their neighbors in need. On October 13, BCCI hosted its second serving project, going into a Bartlett neighborhood that required some extra help with maintenance. Dozens of volunteers provided their time and talents in a “Day of Service” to the community. 

Also in the works is a web tool that persons struggling with addiction, mental illness, family/domestic issues or financial/home challenges can use to quickly and easily connect to the resources/services they need. By using large navigation buttons and simple questions, this web tool will remove some of the obstacles and stress that individuals often face when trying to advocate for themselves.

During these difficult times, when so many are struggling with needs and challenges like never before, Crowley called BCCI a true example of “the community giving back to the community.” If you would like to learn more about BCCI, share your time or your talents with the group, make a donation or suggest a service project, please visit the Bartlett Community Care Initiative website,
bartlettcommunitycare.org.