Boogie Nights Benefit

There’s  nothing like a FUN fundraising event!  Mark Tuttle, DJ and owner of Boogie Nights, a mobile DJ service knows exactly how to do it.A very popular area DJ, Tuttle and some other volunteers secured donations for a silent auction, set up some refreshments, cleared out a space for the dance floor and invited everyone they knew to come shag and line dance the night away.  When the music stopped and the dust settled, they had raised $1300 for HPCAV!  All because they support the work being done to make High Point and the Triad area a safer place for everyone.

Tuttle is his own “special event”.  In addition to providing music, he also teaches shag and line dancing.  His company, Boogie Nights, has been using the HPCAV office to teach classes on Tuesday nights for several months.  Tuttle, along with the students, have learned a lot about HPCAV and its work in the community.  They liked what they saw and heard and decided to get involved.  Every part of this event was handled by their group – a major gift in itself.

THANK YOU Mark Tuttle, friends and students!

 

High Point Enterprise Article

Thanks to Pat Kimbrough with the High Point Enterprise for his well-written article on our Domestic Violence Initiative:  Stopping the cycle of domestic abuse.  This is a great way to learn what we are doing and how it is working, successfully, in High Point!

Domestic Violence Initiative Covered in Independent Weekly

Our Domestic Violence Initiative is the focus of a great article by John Tucker, Staff Writer with the Independent Weekly.  It was written as a two part series, but you can read it in its entirety on line.

Tucker chose to take a national approach to the story and did his research with professionals as well a victim and her family.  It’s a well rounded look at domestic violence and what High Point is doing to make a difference.

 

 

Community Support Continues

High Point Community Against Violence (HPCAV) is pleased to announce a $3500 donation to our organization from the Heart of High Point Fund.

HPCAV has had an almost 30 percent increase in offender contact and expressed need for assistance with food, utilities, rent, medicine and transportation in just the past two months.  In the past quarter, HPCAV provided just over $3000 in assistance to our focused deterrence offenders and their families.  The continued tight employment market and the end of many short-term jobs has meant additional challenges for our clients.  Providing this limited assistance has strained our budget as well.

Thankfully, the Heart of High Point Fund gave us and other local non-profit agencies the opportunity to apply for extra funds for the end of the calendar year.  Our organization was awarded $3500 which will balances our budget and will help us meet the current pressing needs.

We are grateful for the continued community support as we work to make High Point a safe place for everyone!

 

 

 

 

Life Construction Program Adds On

What happens when you teach someone how to measure wood, use a power tool to cut it and then put the cut pieces together?  You get a birdhouse, of course!

Birdhouses, cabinetry, shelving, a house…these are a few of the building projects that have been created by participants in the Life Construction Program of High Point Community Against Violence.  Started in 2011 by local contractor Ed Kimsey, the Life Construction Program is teaching usable skills to individuals who have been through the notification process and who show a desire to change their lives and behavior.

Laying tile in a sunroom

Laying tile in a sunroom

Our builders are learning how to adhere to a time schedule, to let someone know if they are going to be late.  Going to job sites to meet homeowners gives them “real life” practice in dressing and behaving appropriately, communicating with potential clients and understanding how to put together a cost estimate.  They also learn the importance of leaving a job site cleaner then it was when you arrived.

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits is the sense of purpose and accomplishment that comes from seeing a job through, successfully, from start to finish.

The funds earned through these construction jobs goes back into the Program.  Participants who do the work are paid, which helps them meet some of their financial obligations, in addition to learning how to manage their money.

The Life Construction Program is adding on!  There are birdhouses now being sold at Ashley Interiors on South Elm Street in High Point.  Another area retailer has asked for some shelving units that will be for sale in her store, frequented by college students.  Also on the “jobs to do” list:  repairing a rental house, upfitting a new tattoo parlor in Greensboro and completing additional cabinetry jobs for homes and garages.

If you are interested in any of our products or have an idea for a custom project, please contact Ed Kimsey at 336-382-5534.

 

 

 

The Work Continues

The day to day work of building relationships, guiding our clients in skill building and positive decision making, and supporting their efforts to change their lives continues.  High Point Community Against Violence welcomes your participation in our monthly meetings as well as at our notifications or “call ins.”

The next monthly meeting will be April 10, 8:00 a.m. at the Washington Terrace Park community center on Gordon Road.  See our Events page for all upcoming meetings.

The notification meeting will be on May 7 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers of City Hall on Hamilton Street.

 

Domestic Violence Initiative in the Mayors Challenge

Our High Point Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative is a top twenty finalist for the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge.  The top prize is $5 million, with four other $1 million prizes awarded.  Our final application has been submitted and we should hear something in April.  Keep your fingers crossed.  This would be an incredible opportunity to share this innovative work around the country.

In the meantime the owner of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, is launching a Fan Favorite contest.  Check out our video and vote for the High Point initiative, share it with family, friends, and everyone you know!

The voting began February 21The URL is www.huffingtonpost.com/mayors-challenge.

Voting  runs for two weeks – from February 20 through March 6 – and the Fan Favorite winner will be announced at approximately the same time as the five Mayors Challenge winners.  Note: you can only vote once and you do not need to register to vote.

The winning city will receive a $50K Services grant from IBM to support implementation as well as featured coverage and promotion from The Huffington Post, including a monthly front page column for its mayor for a year and an interview with Arianna Huffington on Huff Post Live (HuffPo’s video news platform).

This is our chance to showcase how innovative High Point is and get national recognition.  Let them hear us!   Vote and tell everyone you know to do the same!

2012 Crime Stats

High Point’s “Part 1” crime was down 12% for 2012. Part 1 includes: murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson.  As we continue to work with local, state and national law enforcement agencies, our community partners and the people of High Point, we will continue to whittle away at violence in High Point.  2012 was a good year!

High Point’s Latest Stats

This graphic is the most recent analysis of violent crime trends in High Point.  As you can see, our crime rate has gone down 54%, while our population has risen 39%.  We are pleased that our community, working together with our law enforcement partners, is making our city a safer place for everyone to live and work.

 

High Point's 22 Yr Violent Crime Trend

1100 and counting

We did the math last week and since 1998, High Point Police Department, NC Probation and Parole and HP Community Against Violence have confronted 1109 individuals with our message to “Stop the Violence.”  We work in five areas and here is the numbers break down for each:

Repeat violent crime offenders:  975

Gang and robbery offenders:  15

Juvenile offenders:  24

Drug Market intervention offenders:  80

Domestic Violence offenders, our newest area:  15

Meanwhile, High Point’s population has grown 39% while our violent crime has gone down 54%.  Our rate of recidivism is approximately 10%.  That means about 90% of our offenders do not reoffend.

This means High Point is a safer place for everyone!