These Johnson County faith groups are uniting to tackle homelessness, mental health

Faith groups in Johnson County have formed an interfaith justice organization called Good Faith Network. This year, the group is tackling issues around homelessness and access to mental healthcare. Above from left, Jon Brudvig, pastor at Salem Lutheran Church; Maria Campbell, pastor at Heritage United Methodist Church; Cheryl Jefferson Bell, pastor at Church of the Resurrection; Tim Suttle, pastor at Redemption Church; Carla Oppenheimer of Grace United Methodist Church; David Cox, reverend at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church; Vicki Love of Grace United Methodist Church; Jennifer Savner Levinson of Congregation Beth Torah; and Ali Haynes, pastor at Indian Heights United Methodist Church. Photo credit Leah Wankum.

A number of faith-based organizations in Johnson County are banding together to advocate for mental health and homelessness issues.

Why it matters: Established in early 2020, Good Faith Network is made up of 20 local faith communities that hope to use their collective voice for change.

The organization selected the two areas of housing and access to mental health care as top priorities this year based on dozens of listening sessions with their congregations.