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Community leader: St. Louis in for violent spring and summer

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Better Family Life Vice President James Clark said St. Louis is facing a violent spring and summer unless outreach is done to those in need.

With robberies and shootings occurring nearly every night in St. Louis it is understandable that there is a need for action. However, Clark said many people don't understand how dire the situation is.

“We cannot afford as a metropolitan area to walk into the spring and summer and 2015 without a well thought out plan,” Clark said.

Better Family Life uses what is known as a neighborhood alliance model. The plan targets neighborhoods in need. Workers for Better Family Life go door to door asking how they can help and letting people know where help is available.

“It's reassuring when we have people pull over in a car and stop, they notice us, see what we are doing and say ‘how can we be a part of it?” said a worker with Better Family Life.

The organization said the approach needs to be expanded. Clark told News 4 getting resources directly to people who need them improves the quality of their lives and improves neighborhoods.

“Just as the police department's concept of hot spot policing, we believe we have to start hot spot resource delivery,” Clark said.

Better Family Life currently has three outreach workers and one case worker on staff. Clark said the organization can have a deep impact if it hires 50 outreach workers and 15 case workers.

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