Hamilton Community Health Network (HCHN) and Illuminating Community Change (IC2) Project’s community partner, James E. Kennedy Family Life Center will host the next quarterly community-led discussion where we will focus on the programs funded through Hamilton and the community based crime reduction grant. Residents, block clubs, and north Flint service providers are invited to attend this discussion for the North Flint Safety Forum on Thursday, March 26th from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at the James E. Kennedy Family Life Center on the campus of Mt. Carmel Church, 1610 W. Pierson Rd., Flint. A free dinner will be provided for those who attend.
During the meeting, IC2 and its grantees will provide updates on efforts surrounding the movement of Illuminating Community Change in north Flint, including research, strategy and implementation of the grant-funded projects. Discussion will highlight the importance of economic development, youth and adult programming, and support to returning citizens. Plus, youth and young adults ages 15-24 will learn about job training and employment readiness programs offered in the community.
“The North Flint Revitalization Initiative takes a community-driven approach to creating partnerships built on trust in an effort to reduce and prevent crime,” explains IC2’s project manager, Sandra Johnson. “Public health and public safety is often linked, therefore, community-based economic development can be the path out of community and individual poverty. IC2 takes a collective approach to crime prevention and reduction by involving stakeholders, law enforcement and researchers as equals, bringing their knowledge, expertise and resources to solve issues that impact everyone.”
Hamilton Community Health Network is the recipient of a grant by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s Community Impact Fund. As a part of the north Flint Illuminating Community Change Safety Project, funds will be used to support the quarterly safety forum series that will improve safety through community engagement in north Flint.