Faith walk brings residents’ concerns to the forefront

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Community Resurrection Partnership is a group of local churches in the Martindale-Brightwood area.

CRP’s mission is to direct residents to services in the Indianapolis community.

The group does faith walks throughout the year, where they talk to residents about their needs and concerns. After those talks, volunteers follow up with the residents to see if their concerns were addressed.

This Friday night, CRP will do a faith walk starting at 9 p.m. at God’s Grace Community Church.

The goal is to engage each resident and then leave those neighbors with information they can use. Several weeks ago, Gary Stocks had a huge problem glaring at him from his front yard. Dumpers left garbage outside an abandoned home and he didn’t know who would clean it up.

Then one day, CRP members going door to door talking to residents asked Stocks if he had any concerns about the community. Stocks then pointed out the abandoned home used as a dumping site.

Pastor Bruce Farr took down Stocks’ address, they called the city workers, and in less than a month crews removed the trash.

“What he did was more than just lip service, that’s a blessing right there. He got the job done,” said Stocks.

CRP attempts to address the overall quality of life by addressing issues that may not always involve violence.

The group tries to connect the jobless with jobs, and document issues that are not being addressed in the neighborhoods.

“It’s about building relationships with people,” said CRP President Bruce Farr.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry named CRP Crime Fighters of the Year in 2013.

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