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The Power of We: An Anti-Terrorist Weapon

“If you could wave a magic wand and change anything about your community in the next year, what would you change?”  This is the question we ask as a part of our initial asset mapping of our Hillside community.  I guess I should not be surprised to find that 100% of the individuals asked this question have responded “make the community safer.”  As I shared in 3 Weeks, 3 Shootings, 3 Dead, our Hillside community started off the year with an unprecedented level of bloodshed.

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Through the Eyes of an Eight Year Old Girl

Saturday was one of the largest Blessing Day Events we have had at Embrace Richmond in the four year history of the event, with more than 100 individuals from all over the city turning out to bless Hillside court.  MCV brought over a dozen health care professionals and students who assessed the health care needs of more than forty residents during our health fair, roughly  80 coats were distributed, two families received furnishings and volunteers from five different congregations walked every section of the community greeting residents and praying for the families of those who have lost their lives in Hillside court in the past six months.  The night prior to the Blessing Day, yet another youth was shot in the Hillside community.   Thankfully the young man was not killed.

As a part of our debriefing process we ask volunteers three questions.  First, “What will you leave behind as a result of this experience?”   Secondly, “What memory will you take with you?”  Lastly, “What will you do different as a result of this experience?”

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