Hoping to curb violence, local churches start "Adopt a Block" program

CREATED Jun 19, 2014

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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."

More churches are needed across Milwaukee. You can contact tracey.e.dent@gmail.com or call 414 326-8347.