I pray this letter finds you and yours doing well. I am writing to extend a very special invitation for you to join me in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Day where BSCO is hosting a community fundraiser in support of theBronzeville Dream Center (BDC) on Sunday, January 17th, 2016 (3:00pm until 7:00pm) at 115 Bourbon Street located 3359 West 115th St., Merrionette, IL 60803. It is a tremendous philanthropic opportunity for peace-loving people of all faiths and backgrounds, and offers a way to lift your voice in support of our youth in violent Chicago communities.
As you know, since January 2012 more than 1800+ people have been killed in the City of Chicago, not including those who have been shot or wounded. While many ask “why won’t this vicious cycle of violence stop?”, most fail to realize the families of these victims or perpetrators have never received counseling after such traumatic experiences. Though Bright Star Community Outreach has been serving community families for eight years now, theBronzeville Dream Center(BDC) project began with my trip to Israel. The BDC, inspired by NATAL in Israel, is dedicated to serving Chicago with counseling and other social services aimed at minimizing negative factors that cause violence and increasing protective influences that yield positive outcomes.
We endeavor to focus on five core competencies: counseling, parenting, mentorship, work-force development and advocacy. Its unique model will utilize faith leaders as post-trauma counselors and use community surveys as the basis for services that directly correspond to the unique needs of constituents. Its end-to-end approach offers a replicable, evidenced-based template for risk assessment and program evaluation. It is my hope that many people who have survived nightmares will begin to “dream again.” Although the BDC will sit in Bronzeville, it will serve all Chicagoans and our ultimate goal is to replicate this model across the United States in other traumatized communities.
There are three ways I am asking you to help.1.) Considerpurchasing tickets or donatingto our Annual Youth Violence Prevention Fund Raiser. 2.) Consider becoming aCorporate Sponsorfor this event and encourage your colleagues to do the same. 3.) Share this invitation with others via email and social media to help save young Chicago lives. Expecially to all my friends who may be out of state or unavailable to attend, please strongly considermaking a donationfor the BDC! I often tell people, “SAY Nothing, Until You DO Something About Chicago Violence!” So if you have been looking for a way to get involved and help…here it is. PLEASE NOTE: The hyperlinks throughout this email makes everything you need ONE CLICK AWAY and be sure to see the attached links and flier below. Please forgive me if you received this several times.