Six months after its launch, a community group is still actively pursuing its mission to put an end to violence in Roanoke.
It has been about six months since the group, originally known as the 100 Fearless Men, got started in Roanoke. Now known as The Peacemakers, the group continues to spread its message, knocking on doors and passing out flyers.
“People recognize that when you knock on the door, that gives them that individuality because we’re touching families,” said Shawn Hunter, who helped launch the group in September.
Hunter said The Peacemakers are still going strong with about 25 active members and many others who have joined in the group’s mission.
“That’s the goal – to get everybody on board,” he said. “You don’t have to be a member, but you are a Peacemaker.”
“A lot of people in my neighborhood that I’ve reached out to say that The Peacemakers were already there before I even knew who they were, actually,” said Lisa Howard, who just joined about a month ago.
Howard, who helped with canvassing in northwest Roanoke on Sunday, said she feels the group’s message is being heard.
“We need to let people know there’s support in their community,” she said. “Just to reach out to the youth and to the elderly and to let everyone know that we’re here to support them.”
The Peacemakers have canvassed in ten neighborhoods, Hunter said, and have become well-known throughout the community. The group plans on going door-to-door much more as the weather gets warmer, he added.
“When we go out there, they show us love, and they’re happy that we’re out here doing what we’re doing,” said Robert Clements, a member of The Peacemakers.
“We’re trying to make this a permanent fixture in our city,” Hunter said. “It’s not…temporary. This is something that’s going to be needed permanently, and so that’s what we’re focusing on.”
All are welcome to join The Peacemakers, Hunter said. They hold meetings every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at their headquarters on 24th Street Northwest, he added.