Called to Companion

I work in Camden, New Jersey. It is America’s poorest and most violent city of its size and this year we are on course to set a new homicide record. Put in perspective, if New York City were to have the murder rate of Camden this year, it would mean that close to 6000 people would have been killed already. Poverty is very high and youth drop out of school at a rate of 70 percent. We are a young city with half of the population under the age of 25 and getting younger every year. My work involves youth ages 14-23, helping them get back into school, away from violence and moving towards healing and hope.