INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The statistics are staggering when looking at homicides in Indianapolis this year. There’s a local man trying to work with youth in some of Indianapolis’ troubled neighborhoods to curb that violence, but even Antwan Houser admits 2016 hasn’t been as easy one.
Houser started UPLIFT, which stands for United Preachers & Leaders Influencing Future Transformations. The group works to prevent crime by making futures brighter for Indianapolis youth.
“I believe bringing resources together,” said Houser.
Those resources are the pastors uniting so there are mentors for local children, some of whom have fallen victim to violence in Indy this year.
“I’ve been to two funerals. So yes, it’s definitely tough,” said Houser. “It’s almost like we woke up overnight, and there was killing after killing after killing after killing.”
Houser feels this year’s UPLIFT Youth/Community Expo is crucial with positive guest speakers and vendors. He wants to bring the community together because many don’t know where to turn.
“Right now we know the state and conditions the world is in,” said Houser. “I just believe that in order to transform we have to focus on the character of a person.”
UPLIFT also believes transformation means giving back this year, and so they have a community project at the expo.
“We’re actually going to be filling up bags for the homeless, anything from hygiene to non-perishable items,” said Houser.
The expo is Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free at New Revelation Christian Church. You can contact UPLIFT if you have items to donate for their homeless community project.