4 Corners Networking–Weekly Feature on Faith Activism: Inter Church Addiction Project

faith-without-good-works-is-deadThis week’s featured organisation from the 4 Corners Networking events is the Inter-Church Addiction Project (ICAP).

ICAP (Inter-Church Addiction Project)

Contact: Josephine O’Neill, bjooneill@gmail.com

A Place of Hope and Restoration

The Inter Church Addiction Project began with one man’s dream of reaching out to young people adversely affected by the misuse of alcohol and other drugs; this was a ministry to young people that could be shared by all the Christian denominations.

The Inter Church Addiction Project (ICAP) was established in 2004 and formally launched in June 2006 by the leaders of the four main Churches (Church of Ireland, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Catholic) and the Evangelical Alliance in Northern Ireland with the purpose of setting up a residential treatment centre for young people suffering from the misuse of alcohol and other drugs and providing support to their families.

Funding is not yet available for such a centre, however, clergy and people from across the denominations continue to work together in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect to express their concern about the shortfall of services available to deal with the growing problem of substance abuse amongst young people.

We are dedicated to the building of hope and confidence among our youth and supporting them in making healthy lifestyle choices that will promote positive mental health and well being.  We have an office at 683 Antrim Road and can provide information and counselling to young people under the age of 21 on request.

ICAP’s vision is of an oasis of compassion and healing where young people caught in the suffering of substance misuse, and their families, are invited to a place of hope and restoration.

Working together across the denominations has helped us to break down barriers and discover our common humanity and desire to tackle our prejudice and learn from each other.  In this way we have come to understand and respect one another so as to reach out in compassion to those in need for the creation of a better more tolerant, peaceful society.

(Image from the 4 Corners Networking event by Patrick Sanders)

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