Ten Point scaling back in one area, but adding jobs in another

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Reverend Charles Harrison with Ten Point Coalition is pulling back some resources from one of the city’s most dangerous zip codes.  The 46218 zip code is located on the city’s northeast side, which accounted for 15 percent of homicides in the city in 2013.

“We are diverting so many resources to help in other areas,” said Harrison.

According to Harrison, some of  those resources are going to the west side, where there are reports of a rise in gang activity.

Harrison is also decreasing the amount of his street outreach workers in the 46218 so other groups can get involved in fighting crime. Recently,  an outside group from Chicago has expressed interest in training residents in the 46218 on how to decrease crime.  Local churches and organizations are also ready to take on an expanded role in that zip code.

“I’m really encouraged because there are a lot of groups in the city that have responded to the call for help,” said Harrison.

In addition to working to disrupt crime in other areas in the city, Ten Point is trying to help residents find jobs. Ten Point will host a job fair with Penske Logistics from Shelbyville next Thursday at Barnes United Methodist Church near 30th and MLK from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The jobs available are warehouse positions. It’s estimated that more than 100 jobs are up for grabs.

Harrison added that Ten Point workers will walk the streets informing residents and especially felons about the job fair on April 10TH.

“Put down the guns and drugs and criminal activity come and get a job, so you can make a good living for yourself and family,” said Harrison.

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