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On Tuesday, August 2, Richard Thomas, Communications Director of the Mt. Vernon Peace Keepers, presented to over 75 parents in the Grace CDF Freedom School. He discussed the history of the Mt. Vernon Peace Keepers, their mission for Peace in Mt. Vernon and how they march in the schools and on the streets to engage the youth. Richard applauded the parents of the Freedom School by pointing out that, “You are involved with their children’s lives. You show them love and don’t let them get out of line. It’s mainly the young ones without strong parental role models we need to reach. Peace Keepers provide this example. We aim to fill their soul with love, respect and faith.”


Richard also spoke about the successes of the Peace Keepers had in Mt. Vernon. They helped a few homeless young males find shelter, referred others to jobs and, on a weekly basis, they distribute fresh fruits and vegetables for free to the community. Richard went on to say, “These kids need stronger youth programs, more role models and the Peace Keepers need you to get out of the pews and join us in the streets and schools!” Three fathers stepped up to become Peace Keepers and four mothers signed up to join the Women Peace Keepers chapter.  A member from Freedom School pointed out that since the Peace Keepers have come to Mt. Vernon, there hasn’t been a murder in 13 months. Richard credited the collaboration between “SNUG” – a program by Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, City of Mt. Vernon and Peace Keepers for the period of tranquility. The Mt. Vernon Peace Keepers meet every Tuesday at 7:00 PM at Grace Baptist Church located at 56 South 6th Avenue, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550.


For more information on the Mt. Vernon Peace Keepers contact Richard at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.thepeacekeepers.info

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