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Connects Against Crime: Wellington Residents Take Back Their Streets Through Community Outreach

Updated: Friday, May 10 2013, 09:23 AM CDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- With every step. 
 
"I just feel the need to, to give back"


Even though he's part of a small group.


"There's only a few of us today but I just decided to not let it disappoint me and keep on going," says David Phelps.
 
Block by block, house to house, hoping the outreach changes the violence that plagues the streets that make up the southeast side. 


"I get tired of hearing sirens, I get tired of hearing shots at night," says Marcus Kelsaw. 


So Marcus Kelsaw decided he would walk for change too and show the neighborhood children a different way of life


"They see all these hustlers out here, you know with the nice cars and everything and that's what they want to be," Kelsaw said.
 
For now this community outreach is centered around the Wellington Heights part of town, but fed up long time residents. 


"I grew up here, I've been here for 35 years"


Want the violence to stop and neighborhood residents to come together for change


So walking they will continue to do at least four times a week spreading the word that violence is not the answer. 


"Even if we reach one person that's better than nothing," Kelsaw said. 

Connects Against Crime: Wellington Residents Take Back Their Streets Through Community Outreach


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