Outreach Specialists Team
Specialists partner with other organizations and local law enforcement to understand the dynamics of gang violence and to mediate potential conflict before it erupts to a violent situation. Our team is on the frontlines, attending events at Recreation Centers and other areas that attract young people, being present at school openings and closings, and presenting a familiar, trustworthy, and appropriate face to the at-risk people in our communities.
Outreach Specialists at the Institute spend one-to-one time with the most at-risk young people from Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls working to understand the challenges they face and to connect them with resources and opportunities that can lead to nonviolent choices. They become trusted friends and partners and are passionate about giving young people employment and education resources that help them to become more healthy and productive.
Our Outreach Specialists mediate potential conflicts between rival gangs to interrupt the cycle of retaliation that can often lead to more violence.
Through strong relationships and an understanding of gang dynamics, our team has brought people to shared tables to work through conflict using nonviolence principles and practices.
Victim Services Team
Our Team responds to violent incidents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including:
Direct mediation at hospitals
Alternatives to retaliation in a hospital or street setting
Counseling and support to the family of homicide victims
When situations stabilize, we ensure that victims have access to crucial services provided by the state, partner organizations, and through the Institute, including:
Housing relocation assistance
Education and employment resources
Once a person enters the Nonviolence Institute, they become a part of our family. We offer lifelong support that improves the lives of our clients and honors the memories of deceased loved ones, including: