Gun violence claimed the lives of several young men from Price Hill during 2019. The two youngest victims were only 14 years old.
Many of our young people are struggling to survive and be successful because their families are struggling to survive and be successful. We recognize that for many of our families displacement driven by poverty, policy, and development is the norm. Displacement creates additional fractures in families, and severs relationships to community which are frequently never reestablished.
When a young person is killed by gun violence, the question often asked is "Where was their family?" We came to understand that many of our families face difficulties they are not equipped to meet and are unable to rise to the challenge of addressing.
All of this has left our youth with little support or options. Our community determined change would need to begin with the community because asking already challenged youth and families to save themselves has proven ineffective. A new approach is needed.
The Ubuntu Community Safe Center is the place where our community has decided to take that new approach. Community members are focused on making an impact on youth and families through care and outreach, by establishing relationships with our families and young people, recognizing their humanity and their basic need for belonging and support which must occur for them to be successful, and providing them with a safe space and the interaction and skills training they need to achieve that.
The Center needs money for rehabilitation and operation of the building. Even small amounts will make a huge difference! The cost of a coffee will buy a box of drywall screws. The cost of a T-shirt will buy a sheet of drywall or a length of PVC pipe. $25 will buy a box of floor tiles. $50 will buy groceries for a cooking class and feed 16 young people. $100 will help pay for utilities for a month. You can make a difference and help save the lives of our young people.
Together we rise.
Thank you for your support of our young people, families, and community.
East Price Hill Improvement Association Community Council
Family & Youth Initiative (FYI)