2016: A Year in Review

PJ HeadshotDear Peacemakers,

As we move into a new year, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what happened in 2016 for ISPN.

First and foremost, we need to remember that nationwide 30,000 people were victims of gun violence in 2016. Although we experienced fewer homicides this year locally, we still lost lives.

ISPN can say very loudly and proudly that in 2016, we didn’t take our foot off the gas pedal. In 2016 we:

– Added 6 new Board Members.

– Added 8 new employees.

– Added 2 new AmeriCorps VISTAs.

– Added 4 new daily support individuals from SerJobs

– Added 10 new Let’s Make This Work program interns.

– Served 750 individuals.

– Launched a Public Advocacy and Policy program.

– Responded 200 times to local hospitals to support victims, their families and friends.

– Trained Institute for Nonviolence- Chicago staff members in Nonviolence.

– Trained 15 Community Residences in Nonviolence Conflict Resolution.

– Trained 40 teachers in Nonviolence to build nonviolent classroom cultures.

– Held an incredibly successful Invest in Peace, where we honored Senator Joshua Miller and Diana Garlington for their work to build a nonviolent community.

– Received funding from the United Way of Rhode Island to help victims find safe, stable housing in partnership with Crossroads RI and to launch the Let’s Make This Work program in partnership with the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership.

– Actively engaged in the Nonviolent Schools Initiative Task Force

– Partnered with Providence Public Schools to offer interventions with middle students who were having violent incidents.

– Partnered with AMICA to create ISPN’s first promotional video.

– Strengthened our intervention work with the City of Pawtucket.

– Conducted an ISPN Summer Jobs Program in Pawtucket.

–  Welcomed the NAACP Providence Youth Group to our building as new tenants.

– Started the first in RI Gang Re-Entry Council.

–  Sat on the Brown University School Public Health Advisory Board.

– Presented at the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) Conference in Atlanta, GA on the importance of holistic victim services.

– Assisted local colleges and universities with supporting students and faculty in creating safe spaces for meaningful dialogue.

– Exceeded our Annual End of Year Giving campaign goal to raise $114,000 for our programs and services.

– Put nonviolence into action to resolve the Narragansett tribe conflict on Christmas Eve.

All of these accomplishments happened because of the incredible team we have at ISPN. The first principle of Nonviolence is, “nonviolence is not for cowards, it’s a way life for courageous people.”  The staff at ISPN work hard to build The Beloved Community within themselves, so they can help others build their Beloved Communities.

We could not have done all of this in 2016 without the support of friends and trust from the community. THANK YOU.

Choose Peace,