Working in Your Neighborhood
Save Our Community is an intervention program to reduce gun violence. Program staff, including interrupters and outreach specialists, focus on three forms of action in their community.Work with an interrupter
What We Do
Detect and interrupt conflicts
Trained interrupters and outreach specialists identify and mediate potentially lethal conflicts in the community. They also follow up to ensure that the conflict does not reignite.
- Prevent retaliations
- Mediate ongoing Conflicts
- Conflict follow-up
Identify and treat high risk individuals
Trained outreach specialists work with those at the highest risk. By meeting them where they are and helping them to obtain resources, they help to prevent future violence.
- Assess the highest risk
- Change behaviors
- Provide treatment
Change social norms
Team members engage community leaders, residents, local business owners, faith leaders, service providers, and high-risk individuals, to help convey that our community does not support violence.
- Respond to homicides in target areas within 72 hours
- Organize community events
- spread positive norms
Data Driven Response
The program is focused on three target areas, determined through analysis of shooting and homicide data. Interrupters respond to homicides in these target areas within 72 hours.See the 2022 outreach report
Work With an Interrupter
Interrupters are neighbors, friends, and active community members who deescalate violence in their neighborhoods and provide assistance to those looking to utilize safe resources. Use your neighborhoods hot-line to get in touch with an interrupter.
|East Toledo||419-902-7821||Location TBD|
|Frederick Douglass Center|
1001 Indiana Ave.
|Lagrange||567-304-0805||Wilson Park Building|
3251 Otto Rd.
Tackling Issues Surrounding Violence
Interrupters not only work with individuals in the community, but they also report issues in neighborhoods like blight, vacant properties, and broken sidewalks.
As a program partner, Mercy has provided staff with mediation, trauma, and mental health training.Learn more
Connect with Job1USA through SOC to receive job skills training, and utilize resources to obtain a career.Learn more
Human Relations Commission: Toledo
We support working through a difficult relationship or conflict with your neighbor through mediation services.Learn more