Street & Gang Violence

Street & Gang Violence

In 2011, Mayor Sam Adams asked the faith community for help in curbing gang violence in the Portland area. Several pastors gathered to determine what the churches could do to make an impact. With the goal of mobilizing 100 people to spend 45 minutes volunteering once a week for one year, 11:45 was born. This community group determined four areas of focus to tangibly reach those affected by street gangs: there, share, care, and prayer.

The group has grown to include more than 400 volunteers involved in neighborhood outreach, youth mentorship, providing services and supplies for needy families, and prayer for the safety and welfare of our city. Quarterly Freshwind Community Fellowship services, one of 11:45’s innovations, give community members and families an opportunity to gather and celebrate with food, music, and activities.

Community Connections

  • 11:45

    11:45
    11:45 has a goal of mobilizing 100 people to spend 45 minutes volunteering once a week for one year for the cause of curbing Portland gang violence.

  • Connected

    Connected
    Connected is a group of committed volunteers who walk in the Holladay Park and Lloyd Center Mall area every Friday afternoon at 4:30 and 6:00 pm.

  • The Mentoring Project

    Mentoring Project
    The Mentoring Project is an advocacy and training organization that serves as a liaison between faith communities and matching agencies to provide mentors for fatherless youth.
  • Multnomah County Gang Coordination

    Multnomah County Gang Coordination
    Multnomah County Gang Coordination works to reduce the incidence of gang violence to make the county a safe place to live and work.

  • STRYVE

    STRYVE
    Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) is administered by the Multnomah County Health Department's Community Capacitation Center and prioritizes prevention as an approach to reducing violence affecting youth.