INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 16, 2015) - Members of the Zionsville United Methodist Church are fed up with crime around Indianapolis, and are stepping in to help.
“We have people in this church that are sincerely concerned and want to help the Ten Point Coalition,” says church member Sherman Whitfield
The church is now the 21st charter member of the coalition, and Zionsville is now the third city in the state participating in the coalition’s fight against crime in Indy.
The Ten Point Coalition hits the streets of Indianapolis every week, working with at risk teens to stop the violence around the Circle City. The Ten Point volunteers armed with their vests and a message can’t do it all on their own. Many fear that the violence could spread to other areas of the city.
“Pretty soon it is going to spread. It is going to spread to Zionsville, Indiana. So, it is not only the right thing to do. But, it just makes sense” says Whitfield.
Members of the church say the constant violence in the area had them on edge. With news of dozens of murders, shootings, and teen violence in the Indianapolis area they knew they had to do something.
“I cannot sit down in my house and watch TV, and go about my own life. If somebody else is out there and they are going to lose a son or a daughter, if there is anything I can do to stop that I’m willing to do it,” says church member Sue Forry.
The church has raised several thousands of dollars for the ten point coalition, and hope other churches will join in on the movement.
"What we are trying to say is that this is not a black problem, or an inner city problem. This is a city wide problem. Violence affects us all,” says Reverend Charles Harrison of the Ten Point Coalition.
For more information on the Ten Point Coalition, click here.