Homicides in Richmond are continuing to happen at an alarming rate. Mother and daughter above was gunned down while enjoying a beautiful day in their yard when gunfire rang out between 2 rival gangs. Repeating words from little Markiya Simone Dickson’s father, “everybody keeps going down the same path just to get the same results”, as he said after burying his 9 year old daughter hit and killed by a stray bullet from a gun after an argument on a basketball court. It’s time to do something different, try something new.
Organizations and churches have been doing surveys, prayer walks, feeding people, and having events with resource tables, those things are all good and necessary but they’re not continuous support. So, we felt that it was time to do something different, or better yet, get back to what worked….. building relationships, let’s love our neighbors. Let's go from "Wait and React" to "Detect and Prevent"! Let show Christ in us!
The Mission is to catch people at their most vulnerable times, good or bad. We want to know about the good times such as someone having a baby or getting married. But even more important, we want to help them during those bad times before their situation turns damaging to themselves, their families, or the community. One call could literally mean the difference between life and death.
On top of that, we’ll be helping to combat another health problem that is detrimental to our communities….loneliness. Studies show loneliness is an epidemic with significant health consequences for all age groups. Loneliness and social isolation can be as damaging to peoples’ health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and contributes to early mortality. Other studies show that those who identify themselves as lonely are 59 percent more likely to lose the ability to perform daily living tasks, and are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, dementia, and depression.
Join us! Join one of the teams above, become a Relationship Builder.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER TEAM
Click below for more information on how you can help as an Intercessory Prayer Warrior.
Self care is not selfish. We want to make sure our Relationship Builders are okay because they might be getting into conversations that might be psychologically challenging. So we have a support team just for them.
Richmond Police Department
Intercessory Prayer Teams
The Connection Team is the first contact with the community members. They are the ones that go door to door giving the community members a packet of resources and collecting their information for continued communications with them. This information is given to the Relationship Builders.
The contact information from the Connection Team is given to the Relationship Builders. They are the ones that make the calls to build trust with the families they are given so that they start to confide in them. The calls could be monthly, quarterly, or however they work it out with their families. No relationship builder will have more than 10 families.
This is where we can be more proactive than reactive. When families share things with the Relationship Buildings that call for resources to be deployed, the Resource Team is ready to connect people with those resources. Those resources include assistance such as homelessness, pregnancy resources, marriage and pre-marriage counseling, depression, bullying, etc.