To help bring awareness and celebrate life in the community, Families of Slain Children, Inc. (FOSCI) held their 4th annual “Unity in the Community Day” at their headquarters located on Myrtle Ave. Hundreds from the surrounding urban core neighborhood and beyond attended the community event to peruse vendor booths, network, and enjoy family time. The goal was to bring the citizens from the community together to have fun and to encourage them to develop positive relationships and to stop the killings in the urban core.
“Because our families and our community are constantly in despair, we work endlessly to educate families on the importance of life and how valuable they are to their community and to their families,” said FOSCI Project Administrator Jewel Flornoy.
Families of Slain Children Inc. is a community based organization helping families who have lost their children at the hands of violence. Since opening over 11 years ago they have serviced over 3,000 families. Most of those killed have been teens who will never know what their future could have been like.
Beverly McClain, founder and CEO of Families of Slain Children Inc. was on hand to speak with city council representatives and attendees to ensure the events success and make them aware of FOSCI’s services.
“Unity in the Community Day brought joy and fellowship among the people who attended. This event brought the community together. The Lord truly blessed all of us and we are appreciative of the support of the community,” said McClain. The aftennon activites also included a Michael Jackson impersonator, singers, spoken word and free refreshments.
Shown supporting Unity in the Community l – r are Barbara English, Rita English, Alyanna Barlow, Jasmine Bowmna, Jason Bowman, Beverly McClain and A. Wellington Barlow. Seated Gabrielle Wright, Kristen Jordan, Octavia Brown, Jewel Flornoy and Charlotte Bell.