Community promotes peace along the South Side

A collaboration of churches and area organizations gathered Tuesday to “Increase the Peace” on Youngstown’s south side.

This free neighborhood faith celebration took place behind the Salvation Army on Glenwood Avenue.

There was fun, games and face painting for the kids along with free food, live music, prayer and positive messages for everyone in attendance.

This group of churches and pastors has spent the summer spreading peace, in about a dozen different high-crime neighborhoods around the city.

“To help them see life from a different perspective, you know things have to change in here before the actions will change, so we’re hoping to make a difference today, that God can make a difference in some people’s lives,” said Pastor Rafael Cruz Jr. of Unity Baptist Church.

“We want to be a community that respects each other, a community that works together, a community that is working to move our city forward,” added Major Elijah Kahn, Executive Director of the Salvation Army.

The churches will wrap up their Increase the Peace summer schedule next Aug. 27. The fun starts at 6 p.m. at Metro Assembly on South Avenue.

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