Black Clergy Of Philadelphia And Vicinity Hoping To Keep Children Safe At Recreation Centers

Kimberly Davis reports.

Video Transcript

- For the black clergy of Philadelphia and vicinity says that it is time to leave the walls of the church and be the change in gun violence. Eyewitness news reporter Kimberly Davis explains how they are hoping to team up with parks and recreation.

- Faith Community has a responsibility to take care of its people.

KIMBERLY DAVIS: As the gun violence rages on in Philadelphia, the black clergy of Philadelphia and vicinity is working to put the love back into the city.

REV ROBERT COLLIER: They need our arms around them, caressing them and telling them that we love them and we care for them, and there is a better life ahead for them if they do the right kinds of things.

KIMBERLY DAVIS: The president of the faith based organization met with the commissioner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Wednesday. They're hoping to work with parks and rec to ensure that centers have increased programming, the facilities are adequately staffed, and most importantly that they're safe.

REV. JEANETTE DAVIS: I do think by implementing ourselves back into the community that you're going to see a transformative change come about. Will it be a sudden change? I don't think so because everything's a process.

KIMBERLY DAVIS: Change doesn't happen overnight, but working towards it is a step in the right direction.

REV. JEANETTE DAVIS: And anything that God has His hand in, you can best believe that there's going to be change.

KIMBERLY DAVIS: Friday the black clergy of Philadelphia and vicinity will announce its endorsement for the district attorney of Philadelphia. Head over to CBSPhilly.com for more information. Reporting in Philadelphia, I'm Kimberly Davis, CBS3 Eyewitness News.