The Need of This Project
According to a report by USA Today, Baltimore is the most dangerous city in America. Chicago recorded 24 homicides per 100,000 people in 2017, while Baltimore recorded 55.8 per 100,000 people”. This was the highest per capita homicide rate in the city’s history. The article goes on to say, “they believe the rising tensions between poverty-stricken communities and the police have escalated due to the continuing nationwide turmoil surrounding police shootings”.
We believe the church has to take some responsibility for the lack of support in our communities and for the families that make up our neighborhoods and the first responders that patrol them. We have to be vocal, present and provide resources that can stem the tide of homelessness, poverty, drug abuse, hopelessness and lack of education. We must recapture our status as being a central support for the community and First Responders who selflessly put their lives on the line to ensure our safety. Our vision is to bridge the gap between First Responders and our communities by providing a safe haven where both can come together to engage in mutually beneficial services, programs and dialog.
From our temporary offices I see the many children walking home from school and wonder, are they going to safe environments? Do they need help with their homework? Will they have food to eat when they get home? Will mom and dad be able to help them should they need guidance on projects and school deliverables? Is mom and dad even in the house? We may never know all the answers, but why can’t we minister to those who need us outside the four walls of our ministry? Refugees believe we have an obligation, duty and responsibility to extend resources to support the children and families that make up our community. This is a task that Refuge Way of the Cross Church of Christ intends to meet head on with your support.