Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing
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THE HISTORY OF BISCO
Interfaith Sponsoring Committee (BISCO), Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit formed in 1994 after Hurricane Andrew exposed longstanding issues of racial inequity and poverty in southeastern coastal Louisiana. The rationale of the organization is to bring together local residents via access through faith institutions of multiple denominations in order to develop a network of relationships, capacity-building programs and trainings focused on addressing issues of communities from a grassroots level. With organizing representatives from Catholic, Baptist and other denominations gathering as one, BISCO came into existence as a small organization with limited staff and opportunities for action.
Through the intervening years, BISCO has grown in organizational capacity, outreach, networking, and impact. Today, BISCO is known as a trusted and active voice for community residents from Terrebonne, Lafourche, Assumption and Jefferson Parishes, and has also worked in neighboring parishes of St. Mary, St. James and St. John the Baptist.
With current membership including 19 Covenant Congregations, who h
old membership on our Board of Directors, we also recognize non-Board members in categories of Individuals, Collaborative Partners and Affiliated Partners.
One of the major principles of BISCO is to strive for ethnic diversity in each of our activities. We recognize the significant role the various ethnic groups who call the Bayou Region home have played in creating the unique and fascinating culture of the area. It is part of our mission work to seek occasions to bring these various ethnic groups together for building relationships that can create a positive attitude of solidarity and friendship.
THE WORK OF BISCO
The underlying impetus for BISCO’s work is breaking down generational patterns of injustice, racism and poverty.
Our goal is to work for healthy, just and sustainable communities.
Program areas include:
- Building Relationships and Networks
- Leadership Development
- Education and Outreach
- Special Projects
Current priority issue areas as determined by our grassroots membership include:
- Affordable and Safe Housing and Insurance
- Hunger and Homelessness
- Poverty and Racism
- Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery
- Public health and Safety
- Community Outreach and Education
- Resource Education, Referral & Case Management
- Advocacy Campaigns
- Network and Collaboration Building
- Capacity and Development
Many thanks to our wonderful funders