Residents unite to develop plan for peace in Central

Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, Ward 5, recently met with a group of residents, Promise Neighborhood staff and Promise Ambassadors to discuss ongoing violence happening in the community and what can be done to create peace in the neighborhood. The event gave community members a platform to voice their concerns and hopes for change.

“The community meeting was held in an effort to assemble a team of compassionate community members who are willing to spread hope and to develop a sense of unity during this time of heightened violent activity,” said Dawn Glasco, engagement coordinator, Promise Neighborhood. “Our goal is to work with residents to build a supportive community culture which promotes peace.”

The group of more than ten people shared ideas for ways to increase family-oriented activities in Central and how to support youth who may be at-risk for being involved in violence.

Ideas that are being explored after meeting include:

  • Re-opening the art room at the Lonnie Burton Recreation Center
  • Holding a youth forum to hear directly from Central youth on how violence is affecting them and what they think needs to happen in the community to curb violence
  • Bringing back Family Night at the Friendly Inn Settlement
  • Starting a support group for families that have lost a loved one to violence

Continue to visit the website for updates on these ideas and for information about future community meetings. If you have ideas on how to create a more peaceful community, contact Dawn Glasco at