‘We’re Here For You’: Church of Durham Partners with National Initiative to Provide Mentorship
DURHAM, NC (WNCN) – The Sunday sermon at St. Joseph AME Church in Durham was a message of hope.
âThe faith community is an integral part of community healing,â said Stephen Powell.
Powell is the Programs and Partnerships Manager for the National CARES Mentoring Movement.
On Sunday, St. Joseph AME officially launched the CARES program. It is an organization that was founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2006.
âImagine how our community and our children could prosper [if] we have invested in creating an ever-growing army of young people, âsaid Susan L. Taylor, founder and CEO of CARES.
CARES’s goal is to help provide low-income children and families with emotional, social, academic and even career support.
âIn Durham, we are fortunate to have so many organizations already working to improve the lives of impoverished children and young adults,â said Velez Childress with St. Joseph AME.
âDurham CARES will help identify these organizations so that we can leverage our resources and better target these underserved communities,â she added.
It comes as Durham grapples with a violent year. According to the latest Durham Police data, there have been 674 shootings in Durham this year, 230 people have been shot dead and 35 of them have died.
âWe’re here for you. We’re here for you,â Powell said.
Durham is the 59th US subsidiary of CARES.
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