Living Classrooms’ Safe Streets site located in the Belair-Edison neighborhood has been hosting a variety of socially distanced, outdoor community events with hopes to keep the community engaged and informed. Earlier this fall, Safe Streets staff held two consecutive Friday events – a Fish Fry and Funnel Cake Friday – in which residents in the community received Safe Streets gear, a delicious meal and a laptop giveaway to assist students with virtual learning. Furthermore, a COVID Cleaning Supply Giveaway was held, giving over 125 buckets with cleaning supplies to those in need in the community.
Each Wednesday, Safe Streets staff host a mobile workforce effort, in which a Living Classrooms Case Manager and a Violence Prevention Coordinator create a base in populated areas within the community and provide workforce development services. These services include resume creation and editing, job placement support, and assistance with obtaining birth certificates and any additional job-related resources. This week, Safe Streets sites hosted a turkey giveaway and coat drive, in which 80 families were given four coats each.
Living Classrooms Safe Streets teams have actively and innovatively re-pivoted their focus to address the immediate needs of the targeted communities due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and are doing so in a creative and safe way to keep the community engaged and full of hope.