Church leaders aim to reduce homicides
January 12, 2007 (WLS) -- The leaders of several churches around the city are offering a plan to reduce homicides in Chicago and they are asking other churches and community organizations to join them.
The church leaders are responding to a recent report showing the homicide rate rose in Chicago last year. Their plan includes establishing safe havens, distributing anti-violence flyers and having ministers on call for crisis interventions and conflict resolution.
"We are looking for more presence, more response to shootings in our communities before and after the shooting. We feel community organizations and churches can move congregations to be a presence to families in the community," said Pastor Steve Greer, Christian Valley Baptist Church.
The church leaders will launch their homicide reduction plan this weekend before Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday.
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