Meet the Erica Ford Friday, June 28th for the unconventional way of standing together for peace.
(Black PR Wire) June is Gun Violence Awareness month, and on Friday, June 28th, LIFE Camp’s first-ever Mobile Trauma Unit hit the streets of Brooklyn, NY in front of the Barclay's center near Dean street entrance. Violence Intervention & Prevention Specialists, (VIPS), neighborhood resources, and a genuine love for people, this vehicle was designed to help transform communities by bringing therapeutic wellness services, conflict resolution and mediation training, and healing techniques to areas that have suffered from trauma and stress caused by gun-violence. Erica Ford has served the community for over 31 years; awarded 2018 MCsilver Awards from NYU and The Culture Creators Awards 2018. Most recently seen on Angie Martinez show and The Breakfast club expressing her passion for providing a peace haven for any youth that experiences gun violence in their community.
The unveiling of the brightly-colored RV sparked a much need conversation around addressing gun-violence as both a public health and safety issue. It’s been nearly 15 years and lots of hard work since the idea of a mobile trauma unit was conceived. Nonetheless, LIFE Camp’s CEO and Founder Erica Ford remains determined to promote and normalize peace throughout the community. “Hurt People, Hurt People, but Healed People, Heal People” says Erica. “When we lead with love, we all become more self-aware. This self-awareness leads to compassion. Compassion leads to Peace”.
The organization offers programs and other holistic approaches to reinforce self-esteem and respect for life among one another while connecting and mobilizing youth to prevent and heal from violence in New York City’s most underserved communities. As co-creators of New York City’s Crisis Management System, there have been 0% shootings in LIFE Camp’s catchment areas where VIPS are deployed, and this system is directly responsible for a 15% overall decrease in shootings in New York City, with as much as an 80% decrease in individual service areas.
Learn more: www.Peaceisalifestyle.com
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