FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Following the launch of the Ten Point Coalition in Fort Wayne Thursday, leaders and community members gathered to pray for those who will walk through neighborhoods to prevent violent crimes.
The goal is to develop relationships with those who live in areas affected by violence.
"We're praying for the community, for peace, and for hope," said Lewis King, coodinator of the Ten Point Coalition.
King said the Oxford community is one of the first areas the group will walk in.
"We have statistics to show that there are things going on in the area and we want to be able to send our Ten Point Coalition out to create relationships, find out where our needs is, and get our community at-large involved in helping meet those needs," King said.
Many people participating in the walks this week said they grew up in the Oxford area.
Now they want to give current residents some hope.
"I am totally excited for what we're about to launch here in our city," said Luther Whitfield, senior pastor at New Covenant, adding, "Growing up in Fort Wayne, you can't help but be in this area. I have relatives in this area, I played in this area."
Whitfield said his message to anyone who doesn't believe violence can be stopped is this: "If we can stop one person from getting hurt, then it's a great success."
The first walk will be held Monday night in Weisser Park.