St. James, Painesville received the NAACP Lake County Robert H. Fountain Award for Public Safety and Public Service. The award was given in recognition for decades of care for the neighborhood including a feeding ministry, participation in the Code Blue Ministry Network, and the Family Pride Fair that was held this past summer. The fair was the first public Pride event in Lake County and was co-sponsored by LGBTQ+Allies Lake County and NAACP Lake County. All of these ministries include ecumenical partners with strong community support. Members from St. James were presented with the award during the Freedom Fund banquet on October 17.