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Nonprofit awarded more than $400,000 to combat gun violence

July 9, 2019

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis nonprofit has been awarded $416,000 to expand its efforts to de-escalate conflicts that can lead to bloodshed.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis Regional Crime Commission and a federal program called Project Safe Neighborhood each contributed to the donation to Better Family Life. Law enforcement, elected representative and business leaders from across the region turned out Monday for the announcement.

Better Family Life operates programs that offer treatment to drug addicts, connect residents to jobs, and make trauma counseling available to crime victims and their families. The conflict de-escalation effort began in 2016.

James Clark, of Better Family Life, says most of the money will go toward hiring outreach workers who will mediate disagreements in the communities most affected by gun violence.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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