Baton Rouge nonprofits increase outreach after deadly weekend

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Following this weekend’s rash of violence, community members are increasing their crime prevention outreach.

In 2019, Kenya London lost her son and brother to gun violence. She created the nonprofit, Embracing with Value Foundation and made it her mission to help prevent crime and help people heal from the trauma it creates.

“We actually form a safe place for individuals to come in and talk about it. Acknowledge where they are in mind and then actually perform progress,” London said.

This weekend, Baton Rouge law enforcement responded to multiple shootings, a stabbing, a domestic homicide, and two suspected murder-suicides.

London said she feels her responsibility to help has been growing over the past month.

“Right now we have [a] 172 percent increase,” she said.

The nonprofit Kingdom of Heaven works alongside the Office of Juvenile Justice to offer an alternative route to juvie.

“We had a large success rate. We only had four or five, if I have the numbers right, of our youth who actually committed more delinquent acts after our program,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said as children see crimes play out, it can lead them to commit a crime. She said the effects of the pandemic have a lot to do with juvenile crime.

“I think what our young people had that they don’t have now is recess from that environment,” she said.

Both nonprofits said they are increasing community outreach as the killings and crimes in Baton Rouge continue.

“Just hearing one thing after the other, after the other, I want our nonprofit to reach out to the community because something there are needs in the community we are not aware of until we hear that voice,” London said.

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