INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Like police, the 10 Point Coalition often patrol the streets. And Wednesday night, they invited the community to join them.
The group held a special training session in advance of this weekend’s Summer Celebration downtown.
Pastor Horatio Luster, an organizer with 10 Point, is quick to remind this group ‘they are not police’.
“We’re out there to encourage people you can have fun without foolishness,” said Luster.
But the 10 Point Coalition, along with the Indiana Black Expo has enlisted these volunteers to be extra eyes, and ears in the crowds expected downtown this weekend. Deborah Mays has volunteered before.
“I’m concerned about our youth,” said Mays.
She’s concerned about young people in the city, and feels like being on the streets this weekend, with this faith based group is ministry.
“I feel like I can be a positive impact on them,” said Mays. “When I go out there and I talk to them and try to keep them from being high tempered or getting themselves involved in something they’ll end up regretting later.”
Deborah and the other volunteers will work shifts Friday and Saturday nights. Wednesday they talked about how to approach young people about curfew, and how to approach adults and young people who may feel bold in the crowd.
“A lot of those kids that portray themselves to be bad, they’re really not that bad, because really a lot of them just want some tender, some loving and some care,” said Mays.
Caring is their mission. They will work to keep the crowd moving, and call on police if a problem should arise. Their goal is to engage, empower and improve their community, as they go out on what they call a “faith patrol” this summer celebration weekend.
“Walking by faith trusting that we will make a difference and impact each and every individuals life that we come in contact with,” said Luster.