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.