New Resource Guides Hope To Improve Neighborhood Safety
A new community resource guide is being delivered to residents in the 43206 zip code. That's the community bordered by 22nd Street and Lockbourne Road, and Whittier Street and Livingston Avenue.
Volunteers are showing up with 120-page resource guides that list everything from crisis intervention and employment opportunities. It also includes information on education and healthcare.
"The only way to change our community is to show them the resources to help them change their lives," said Pastor Frederick LaMarr, Family Missionary Baptist Church.
Some of these volunteers know firsthand how a guide could help stop the violence.
O.G. Half said he joined a gang as a child when he lost someone close and had nowhere to turn.
"So now, when I hear it, I feel good that I put myself in a situation where I can help someone who's young like I was, and help them deal with it," said Half.
This anti-violence movement is about unifying the community and volunteers said they see their efforts pay off, volunteers said.
"You can see kids riding down the street in big wheels and skateboards, where maybe four or five years ago, it wasn't too likely that would happen around here," said Brother Cecil Ahad, Men of Movement.
The volunteers said they don't plan to stop until the violence ends.
This guide is collaboration between several groups; including churches, ministries, and the Ohio State University Violence Prevention research team.
They have 5,000 guides and plan to pass more out at local schools and rallies.
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