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HPCAV has been working to reduce violence in High Point for over 21 years. If you wonder whether our work makes a difference, hear what our clients have to say in our newest video.

Good Things Going Around

On September 24, 2015, the following article was published in the High Point Enterprise, written by the president of the High Point Community Foundation.  As a result, one of our clients came in and made a $100 donation to our organization.  He explained that he had read the article, thought about it and wanted to give back. We are grateful to both of them!

Giving 101: Best Deal in Town

There has been a seismic shift in the philanthropic landscape over the past ten years that I, coming from a corporate background, have enthusiastically embraced. It’s called “venture philanthropy,” and it is based upon the belief that charitable gifts should be made with the same expectation one might have investing in your own personal stock portfolio.
All nonprofit organizations should have a sound business plan, a means to measure success and a return on your investment. Obviously you won’t be getting a stock dividend, but what you should see, and be able to measure, is a tangible impact. What this philosophy introduces is accountability and it’s a promise that any organization you support should be able to provide.
Now, what if I told you that there is a nonprofit in our community who can promise you multiple million dollar dividends for your investment? Would you be interested in giving to an organization that provides this kind of returns? The organization I am talking about is High Point Community against Violence (HPCAV) and it may be the best “bang for your buck” in our city. HPCAV was established years ago by a group of ordinary citizens who partnered with our High Point Police Department in an effort to make their community a more safe and productive environment to live, raise a family and run a business.
Since its inception, they have been identifying and “calling out” serious offenders, offering them a chance to mend their ways and, if they choose not to, sending them on long-term stints in federal prison. They are proactive in working with those recently released from prison by helping them with housing, food and job training, to acclimate them to society and keep them from reoffending.
Most recently, HPCAV has started using a similar format to address domestic violence, which is not only more prevalent in this community than one would think, but also presents the highest risk to our police officers who respond to the calls. The key to their success in both of these formats is that the focus is rightfully directed upon the offender and they use the power of the courts to leverage reform or remove the offenders from the community.
High Point Police Chief Marty Sumner not only endorses HPCAV, he can show you that this organization saves our High Point well over $14 million a year. It truly is the best deal in town, yet they have always struggled to raise money for their minimal budget. The Rev. Jim Summey, HPCAV’s executive director, is paid by the City of High Point and their annual budget is less than $100,000 a year.
Every citizen, and certainly all of our local businesses, should be contributing to HPCAV annually. This program, which has been nationally and internationally recognized, deserves our admiration and financial support. I encourage each of you who read this article to consider just how much it is worth to you and your family to have a community that is safe from crime. There some things in life we do simply because they are right, true and just. HPCAV is one of these and if you would like to support them send your checks to High Point Community against Violence, 792 N. Main Street, High Point, NC 27262.
PAUL LESSARD, a recipient of the Carnegie Hero Medal and a catalyst for the growth of community outreach programs, is president of the High Point Community Foundation.

 

Bush Named a Community Hero of the Month

HPCAV members and friends, US Rep. Walker and Gretta Bush

HPCAV members and friends, US Rep. Walker and Gretta Bush

Gretta Bush, HPCAV’s president has been named as a NC 6th Congressional District Community Hero of the Month by U.S Representative Mark Walker.  Rep. Walker came to High Point in July and presented Mrs. Bush with a certificate and the United States flag that was flown over the Capitol on May 21, 2015.

Rep. Walker attended a call-in and was impressed with what he saw and heard, especially Mrs. Bush’s ability to tell the truth to the participants with graciousness and their acceptance of her and the message they receive.

The Community Hero of the Month is a way for Rep. Walker to honor people within the 6th Congressional District who are making a difference in our communities.

HPCAV Accepts FBI Award

FBI AwardOn May 1, 2015, HPCAV was presented the 2014 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award at FBI Headquarters, Washington, DC by Director James B. Comey.  HPCAV was selected as the organization in North Carolina to receive this recognition.  Board President Gretta Bush, Board members Robert Martin and Chris Martin, Executive Director Jim Summey, and High Point Police Chief Marty Sumner were there to receive the award.

“This year’s honorees have distinguished themselves in remarkable ways through their hard work, their leadership, and their strength of character,” said Director Comey. “They are ordinary citizens, but what they have accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary.”

“We are so honored to receive this award,” said Gretta Bush, HPCAV Board President. “After all these years of working together, it is so nice to see our efforts recognized.”

This special award was created in 1990 as a way to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime and violence in America.  Nominations are submitted by area FBI Field Offices.

High Point Community Against Violence was formed in 1997.

Focused Deterrence Works

Preliminary 2014 year end statistics from the High Point Police Department show, once again, that the Focused Deterrence model successfully reduces crime.

Since we started using this model in 1997, High Point’s violent crime is down 67% even though our population has increased by 44%.

Yes, we still have violent crimes take place here.  But we continue to work towards less crime and making High Point a safer place for everyone.  We’re getting there!

 

HPCAV Receives FBI Award

HPCAV was honored to receive the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for 2014 at a presentation on November 20, 2014.  Deron W. Roberts, FBI Special Agent in Charge from the Charlotte, NC office made the presentation to Jim Summey, HPCAV Executive Director and Gretta Bush, HPCAV Board president.

HPCAV was selected from nominations throughout NC. Members of the organization will travel to Washington, DC in May, 2015 for the official presentation ceremony, joining winning community organizations from other states.

HPCAV members with Agent Roberts

HPCAV members with FBI Agent Roberts.

Thank You, Wendelta.

THANK YOU to Wendelta, Inc. which recently gave a multi-function copy machine to HPCAV.   This gift makes it easier for our staff and volunteers to function efficiently.  We are very grateful for this donation!

The machine was picked up and then set up in our office by a participant in the Life Construction Program, providing another opportunity to put his skills to work.

Together, we ARE making High Point a safer place for everyone!

 

HPCAV Receives United Way Venture Grant

UW_HPlogo2_4color- web smallHigh Point Community Against Violence (HPCAV) was awarded $8250 through the United Way of Greater High Point Venture Grant Program on June 24, 2014.  Thirty-four organizations applied and HPCAV was one of eight to receive funding.  Jim Summey, Executive Director and Ed Kimsey, creator of the Life Construction Program accepted the award.  The funding will be used in the Life Construction Program to assist with materials costs as well as pay participants a stipend for their work.

The Life Construction Program (LCP) teaches participants marketable construction-related skills while helping them develop a stronger work ethic, improve their decision making skills and provide on-going support as they work to change the direction of their lives.  The Program has built and installed custom cabinetry for a number of customers and upfitted a local tattoo parlor, again providing custom built cabinetry in addition to electrical and painting work.  The Carpentry Training Program (a part of LCP) also works with Community Development & Housing, City of High Point to provide home repairs to needy residents.

For more information about the Life Construction Program, contact HPCAV.

For more information about the Venture Grant Program, contact the United Way of Greater High Point.

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.

 

 

 

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