Faith based group involvement in Tulsa city programs


Wednesday, July 31st 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


When Tulsa Mayor Bill Lafortune suggested more faith groups help deliver city programs - the idea wasn't new - but it has been controversial.

Religious groups like Paradise Baptist Church already contract with the city to provide programs - in the case at the Ben Hill Recreation Center at 587 East King.

The city council has some concerns about the involvement of the Cornerstone Assistance Network, acting as a go-between to deliver grant money to faith groups. Rebecca Marks-Jimerson, Mayor's assistant, “We needed an organization that was going to act as a clearinghouse for these funds and Cornerstone was chosen. Anyone else could step up to the plate."

The council hasn't decided how to hand out more than $6-million in grant money - they'll meet again Thursday.