Fighting to keep faith alive in the poorest urban area of Philadelphia

Devin Dwyer reports on local chaplains who are using the bible, boxing gloves and the help of former law enforcement to save at-risk youth from the grip of drugs and violence.
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So the boys the boxing gloves and the Bible the inspiring story out of Pennsylvania we're figure closer look today at a unique group of street chaplains. Fighting to keep faith alive and one of the poorest urban neighborhoods in this country and our Devin Dwyer. Traveled there to north Philly joins us now always good to have you DeVon. They TJ you know Kensington Philadelphia is one of those neighborhoods that might make you actually. Question your faith and EUC intense poverty homelessness. Drug I violence a gun violence drug use everywhere we looked. But we also found some incredible reasons for hope. They call it the rock think we're second second. Safe haven a safe haven in North Philadelphia for eighteen years. Teach young people how to fight and how to pray we thank you Dave we think this option. Kensington avenue the rock is a refuge outside of stores are apocalyptic scenes. A trio of epidemics have been crashing together and clean mean lives. I know you look at you. Honey okay. This is. See the pictures out retired cop Kevin Bernard is one of the rock street chaplin's it's only two degrees to guide to things change and that's what did chaplains are doing here we're spurts of first responders. 62 year old pastor buddy Osborne founded the program in 2003. After serving five years behind bars on federal racketeering charges. His Kensington is feeling the next generation. What's the answer. Vick's innocence and in. This show here vision cleared city Eritrea Hume doing your job may dole my job. The mayor doing his job the police doing their job and everyone of us coming together to do our jobs that's that that's the solution volunteers at the rock could be coaching canteen. Indeed he'd throughout the pandemic. And several times a week minister to the homeless and addicted in a local park. We're premise here. Unless they've carefully of course the middlemen are legion and a prayer okay. You maintain. That a huge component of any fix. To these problems is fake. 100%. There's no way there's no way that the best police force. In the world can fix the problem what's going on here is but you know how do you plant the seeds of faith when there are so many reasons not to believe. Well well listen one of the things I can say this this is what the scripture says some plant. Some Warner. But god courses the increase. So my job isn't to grow someone my job is all for them hope the rock success stories are abundant. Fourteen year old nanny nine year old area. Year old Johnny and national champion and 42 year old Tyler Williams started coming into the rock when he was eleven. Now has a career is an engineer and has gone pro so. Our blue route we're talking animals and hearing is now we have to. It's become and believe in ourselves role model for countless other snowfall between in his footsteps. What do you tell them. What's the key to ten making it can Kensington there's a lot of negative things you know right outside those doors where you have to have a strong will no. And keeping your words in no way I have to move different from everyone else in order to make its own words takes courage yeah courage to fight until belief. Keeping hope alive in the troubled American neighborhoods who needs it most. And DeVon I mean what an inspirational story and you know a lot of us here our focus on celebrating the end of the pandemic ground in the woods. But as you saw there in Philly those communities are facing sometimes even bigger challenge is now. Well absolutely Amy and need three epidemic still hitting that wants guns drugs. Cope with a rock chaplains told me that the pandemic is really pulled resources away from fighting. You'll Kuwait crisis and gotten violent crisis and its had a huge impact we see it nationwide. More people died from drug overdoses a during the pandemic than at any year since the old Buick crisis began we see that. In Philly we know that gun violence here is up 40% as well so even as all of us. Are celebrating the end of the pandemic we've got to remember their Kensington. All across the America still struggling. And there are certainly a lot of a community organizations like a rock all over the country as well helping but do they know how many they help coming to go through those doors. All of the reluctant he did it put a number on it but safe to say thousands of kids that put on those the boxing gloves and picked up bibles over the years they've been. I taught discipline and focus of course but they also told me that the power of prayer has had a huge impact on and the young boxer sane. That's one reason why they have so much hope for a cap guns. Then a great story thank you for bringing that to is always good to have you with pathology may be here have a good Vegas in time.

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