December 27th 2011
Forty-eight homicides so far this year, aggravated assault is up 45-percent! This month Camden was named the second most dangerous city in the United States.
These statistics send a clear message that something needs to change. Vulnerable children must get off the streets between 3:00-6:00 p.m.
That's why I am excited about Albert Vega's vision for a new UrbanPromise AfterSchool Program in North Camden.
Albert grew up in North Camden, attended our AfterSchool Program, worked as a teen leader and graduated from Eastern University on an UrbanPromise scholarship. He embodies the UrbanPromise vision.
This past September Albert and his team created a safe place for North Camden's children by opening Camp Joy in an old church building. Even with sparse supplies, no vehicle and a borrowed classroom, the team is establishing a refuge for neighborhood kids. What Albert's team lacks in provisions, they make up for in passion and vision.
At this year's end, I need you to follow Albert's lead and do something special for the children of Camden. I need you to buy a day of peace for the children at Camp Joy.
"How does one buy a day of peace?" you ask.
It's simple. Each day a child or teen enters a place of peace-a sacred place that provides safety from bullies, gangs, and peer pressure-at one of UrbanPromise's programs.
I need to provide 365 days of peace to 30 children who attend Camp Joy. Here's what it costs us: $1 to offer a day of peace for one child in Albert's after school program. Make a gift of $30 and provide a month of peace. Or perhaps you can provide two months for $60-or maybe an entire year for $360.
And here's the best part, we have a generous donor that is offering a dollar-for-dollar match through December 31, 2011. You give a dollar and UrbanPromise receives two dollars!
As we sing “Peace on Earth” this Christmas season, let’s remember that we can honor the Prince of Peace—Jesus Christ—by creating peace for Camden youth year-round.
Blessings to you and your family this holiday season,
Dr. Bruce Main