The SafeCity Project has worked with at-risk young adults since 2011. Through all our initiatives we are able to help create a safer city by removing those in isolation and building positive community around those who are more susceptible to crime and addiction.
Our very first project was the Eden Garden community garden. It's goal was to bring people together and foster relationships between neighbors that previously were strangers, as well as providing organic food for those in need. We now partner with the LilyPad Garden Project, a green initiative to promote sustainable living.
Our food donation program started with a few bags of groceries distributed on the front porch of our first house. It has now grown to a truck filled with food boxes ready to give to the neighbors at our community center. Thursday morning food shelf has grown to a neighborhood community event where people also gather to share life and foster close relationships.
R.O.C.K. - Reaching Our Cities' Kids
R.O.C.K. - began as a summer program with few dozen kids and volunteers attending. We now host over 100 people every Monday night in the summer, and are beginning an after-school kids' club for the fall and winter. Our mission is to create a space where kids and families feel safe to congregate and come together. We provide a meal and a program that teaches character building and how to have healthy relationships. Kids who may not have safe healthy adult figures in their lives are mentored on a weekly basis, knowing there is a safe place they can belong.
For the last four years we have had weekly visits to various homeless encampments around St. Paul. We would often bring food, clothing and encouragement. Many times we had opportunities to create safe situations where safety was threatened. Those who we have built relationships with we have been able to target specific needs due to our weekly returning. We've appreciated our partnership with a doctor who lives down the street from our community center who started to volunteer to come and help with basic care needs.
Our program began when young adults started hanging around as we rehabbed an abandoned drug house. Part of our leadership training program involves weekly hands on service and construction projects. We have worked on over 12 houses in the Frogtown neighborhood. We are asked periodically by our partners to bring out team to help with specific projects. We recently went to the St. Paul Police Western District office to help with landscaping.