Hoping to curb violence, local churches start "Adopt a Block" program
MILWAUKEE - Dorothy Ray has lived on 25th Street for more than 30 years. She has seen a lot of changes on her block and when it changed for the worse, she and her husband started a block watch group.
"I am going to do what I can to work closely with everybody," she says.
Now the block in this Franklin Heights neighborhood has another partner taking a stand against the gun violence creeping into their community.
"We are not trying to be law enforcement, we are a church, we are trying to be facilitators of peace," said Pastor Robert Angel.
Redemption Fellowship Church is just one of ten churches taking part in a grassroots effort to restore and protect the neighborhood - one block at a time.
"It's the old saying no one cares what you know until they know that you care. Its like adopting a child, you have to feed, you have to nature that child; house and cloth that child."
By adopting the block, churches will hold clean-ups, youth activities, and create more block watch groups. Mrs. Ray is all for the extra help.
"Its good thing to adopt a block, but you want something that is going to stand and not just get in it because stuff is happening."
Pastor Angel says he understands her concern.
"This is a part of our mission, our vision, this is something we are going to do if someone gets shot tomorrow or if no one ever gets shot again."