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Connects Against Crime: Cedar Rapids Dads Looking to Crackdown on Crime

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:16 PM CDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Isaiah Jones is on a mission. 


"We  have been trying to find a building in the community of Wellington Heights," says Jones. 


That mission is to have a place where the youth of southeast side can spend time doing after school activities.
For months he's had his eye on this vacant building on 1st Avenue. 


"We know for a fact that the community needs something for the youth," Jones said. 


He and his group of MAD DADS, a non-profit organization of Cedar Rapids fathers, are against drugs and social disorders.
Right now they have been trying to find ways to make it happen but without any funding times are hard.
And it the was the recent shooting death of 19-year-old LaTasha Roundtree that has really push the group of fathers towards making a difference. 


"We need to get out and make this happen, it's not anything that can keep waiting, I don't want to another child to go, I don't want another adult to go, I don't want any more violence," he said.


Violence plagues this community, this summer police responded to took 41 reports of shots fired calls.
Jones and his group of dads feels if they can get a hold of the neighborhood children, he will hold the key to unlocking some of the cities gun problem.


"This is out future, this is our life, this is what's going to make us sustain and make us keep going but we got to get them in order," says Jones. 


So his call to action is for the community to step forward and invest in the youth.

Connects Against Crime: Cedar Rapids Dads Looking to Crackdown on Crime


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