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MEDIA KIT: Gov. Bevin Invites Kentuckians to Play a Part in ‘Reclaiming Our Communities’

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 2, 2017) – Gov. Matt Bevin yesterday met with more than 400 faith leaders and concerned citizens at Louisville’s Western Middle School to address the epidemic of violence that is gripping the heart of Kentucky’s largest city.

He invited churches and other community groups to commit to “adopt” an inner-city neighborhood block to visit 2-3 times per week over the course of the next year—respectfully walking the perimeter in teams of 3-10 individuals to pray for and get to know local residents.

“I truly believe we’re going to see a difference in this city,” said Gov. Bevin. “I personally believe in the power of prayer. I’ve seen it evidenced in our community and across others.”

“Don’t lose sight of this: these are the sons and daughters of Louisville and Kentucky,” he said. “We owe it to each other to have each other’s back on this.”

Please click the following links to access pertinent resources:

  • Presentation from Gov. Bevin’s “Reclaiming Our Communities” message
  • Maps of Louisville-Jefferson County homicides: 2015 | 2016 | 2015-17
  • Listing of potential Louisville-Jefferson County neighborhood blocks to “adopt”

“Do we still need economic, political and law enforcement solutions? Of course we do,” noted Gov. Bevin. “This will not take their place but we feel it will make a real difference.”

For more information or to commit to “adopt” a block, please contact Adrienne Southworth at reclaim@ky.gov.

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