James Clark, community outreach director with Better Family Life Inc., received his award at the Salute to Excellence in Business, held by the St. Louis American Foundation on Nov. 30.
The Gun Violence De-escalation Centers, which opened in December 2016, are one of many community-outreach services that Better Family Life provides the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. The centers were born out of the Neighborhood Alliance, which started out as volunteers in the community knocking on doors in troubled neighborhoods every Saturday and helping to connect individuals with resources. The Neighborhood Alliance has now formalized into having 14 full-time staff members dedicated to doing this work every day, while adding case management and data collecting to the process.
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