By Kendall Downing
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The city's Ten Point Coalition reaches out to at-risk youth and works the streets five nights a week, hoping to prevent violence. The group got some big financial backing from an everyday citizen this week, with a card containing a $7,000 check.
Rev. Charles Harrison called the donation historic, the biggest they've received from an individual resident. The organization gets money from foundations, fundraisers, and the city to help support their work.
"You and your organization are a blessing to the city and an inspiration to us all," read Harrison as he looked at the card Friday afternoon.
Kim Fortune, the name purely coincidence, signed the check and sent the letter.
"How many times in your life do you get a chance to do something like this," she asked, "They offer a service that nobody else is offering. They're doing something no other group is doing, and I just think that's phenomenal."
Fortune grew up in Indianapolis. She's seen crime grow, too. Her mother died this summer and left her an inheritance; she passed on part of it to protect her hometown.
"Through her, she's blessing, and I'm blessing," said Fortune.
The $7,000 gift comes on the heels of another big donation. Earlier this month, the Marion County Sheriff's Department gave the Ten Point Coalition 20 bullet proof vests to use as they keep peace on city streets.
Ten Point will take up an invitation to troubled Ferguson, Missouri in the coming weeks to demonstrate their street outreach, put to use here in Indianapolis. But Harrison said the best recognition comes from those at home.
"I think people seem to value the work we're doing a little more," he said, "It really touched my heart to read the note."
Kim Fortune said she's grateful for the group's service.
"I think that their work does a tremendous job of keeping things on keel. I think if they weren't there we might lose other people," she said.
Harrison said the group isn't sure what the money will be used for, but they would like new reflective vests and radios so groups on the streets can better communicate with each other.