The ECA’s Executive Director, Lindsey Ruffin, and volunteer, Ryan Waldron, attended this morning’s community meeting to discuss the crime wave in Grand Rapids. The discussion was mainly focused on local organizations and residents creating a unified front to develop a culture of peace. Conversations about ways to stop violence in the city will take place throughout the community in the next couple months. Here are the ways you can get involved:
- Life Quest (6:30-8:00pm January 23 at 1050 Fisk)- youth program leaders will lead a conversation with young people.
- Urban League (745 Eastern Avenue, (616) 245-2207)- will be working on system-level changes having to do with families with Reverend Joe Jones. No date set for this meeting yet.
- Coffee with Captain Payne (5:30pm February 5 at 636 Bates St)
- LINC (5:30-8:00pm February 7 at Gerald R. Ford Middle School (851 Madison, (616) 308-6315))- community conversation with Dr. Willy Patterson