The group One Community, One Voice has a program called ENOUGH, where they visit neighborhoods and try to teach people how to rid them of undesirable behaviors.
One Community, One Voice works to rebuild communities through partnerships with area communities of faith, public and private sector organizations, and community policing efforts.
The group’s community outreach initiative ENOUGH is designed to teach citizens how to avoid unwanted behaviors. ENOUGH stands for Empowering Neighborhoods to Overcome Undesirable Behavior Gives Us Hope.
Faith community leaders, Lynchburg police, city officials as well as others involved in the community took part in the event Wednesday. There were also groups providing meals for children, voter registration and job placement assistance.
“I think it sends a real solid message, lets don’t accept this, lets take our neighborhood’s back, and hopefully it will help heal this neighborhood cause a lot of people are hurting,” said Pastor James Camm with One Community, One Voice.
On Wednesday at 6 p.m. they canvassed through the Meadows Apartments to pray for unity, safety and preach following a deadly shooting in early May. 18-year old Dre’yon Browley was killed and Justin Barnett, 18, was injured.
“After that happened I think it brought a powerful movement,” said Tiffany Goode, who has lived that the apartment complex for nine years. “It brought everyone closer in the tragedy and shows that you can’t keep down when they stand together.”
“A whole lot of violence has been going on and stuff like that. So it’s really good for the kids and it’s something for the community,” said Mr. Brown, who also lives at the Meadows Apartments.
Lynchburg’s police chief says his officers presence Wednesday was important to build trust and let the community know they need their help.
“No one should lose their life in the city, especially a young man and a young victim who was able to pull through,” said Police Chief Ryan Zuidema. “But we want them to understand that they need to come forward when there’s crime occurring in their community.”
They were originally going to canvas the neighborhood where the shooting happened later in the summer, but decided to move it up.
This is their second year doing the ENOUGH events. Chief Zuidema says they’re been doing a lot of work to reduce crime, and though he can’t say for sure how much this program has helped, he does believe it’s working