Sheltering Arms & New York City Council Member Donovan Richards to Celebrate 365 Days Without a Shooting in Notorious Far Rockaway Neighborhood

Staff at Rock Safe Streets, called Violence Interrupters, mediate conflict, counsel high-risk youth, and prevent gun violence.

On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, Far Rockaway, Queens residents and city leaders join Sheltering Arms to celebrate more than 365 days without a shooting in the Arverne View section of Far Rockaway, Queens, once notorious for having one of the highest rates of gang activity and gun violence per capita in New York City. Sheltering Arms is one of the foremost human services nonprofits in New York City and parent organization for the Rock Safe Streets gun violence intervention program. The event, titled Keep it Alive for 365, will take place from 2-4 p.m. at the Arverne View Apartment Building 1 Community Room, 57-17 Shore Front Parkway, Arverne, NY 11692.

The Arverne View apartments, formerly known as Ocean View, consist of 1,100 apartments and 11 buildings of low-income housing. Since Sheltering Arms introduced Rock Safe Streets in 2015, the number of shootings has dropped by 90% compared to the same time period before the program launched, as reported by the 101st Precinct which serves the area.

“Since Rock Safe Streets has come to the community, I feel safer and it appears that the community is working together to stop the gun violence,” said Jessica Taylor, longtime Arverne View Resident. “People were afraid to let their kids play outside, but we can see a change.”

The event will include honors for community residents who have banded together to promote peace, healing, and conflict mediation instead of violence or retaliation, as well as fun activities for children who have only recently begun to play in public areas, playgrounds, and beaches in the neighborhood without fear of violence.

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