How do we support those most vulnerable to gun violence?
The People of Promise program is a whole-person approach to disrupting cycles of violence, poverty, and incarceration. The Office of Neighborhood Engagement reaches out to residents at imminent risk of involvement in violent crime to connect them to support and services. The name behind the People of Promise initiative is intentional – the heart of this work is centering the humanity and promise of every member of our community.
How does it help?
The focus of this program is on 1) mental/behavioral health, 2) physical wellness, 3) education/employment, 4) financial, 5) family, 6) legal, and 7) community/creativity. A vulnerable person may need help in one or all of these areas to overcome trauma and stabilize their life. This program serves to provide help when a vulnerable person is ready to change and continues to offer help until they are ready.
Who uses this program?
District residents who have been identified as being at immediate risk of involvement in violent crime. Many of these individuals have a lengthy history with the criminal legal system, including prior juvenile supervision or prior adult incarceration or supervision. And because of their past involvement in community violence, many have survived a violent injury and suffered the resulting emotional trauma.