On Friday, November 20, there was a fatal shooting in North Redlands near Micah House Oxford. This was not gang related, but it was two men involved in an argument that went horribly wrong. Shots were fired, one man was wounded, an innocent bystander was killed, a 5 year old boy was a witness. Police have the suspect in custody. Though these details make it appear that all is well and back to normal, there is still unrest in the community. There is still a need for healing to take place. And there is still work to be done to make this neighborhood a viable, safe and healthy community.
Within 48 hours of this event, a group of people organized themselves to demonstrate support for this community. Led by Jaime Beck, her husband John, and their daughter Mia, this group of people setup tables and invited the neighbors for a free lunch. They were joined by Heidi Vazquez, Principal at Franklin Elementary School, officer Chris Mead of the Redlands Police Department, and staff members Alison Anderson and Dave Wilson from Micah House.
This event was so well received by the residents, that we are considering doing this on a regular basis, and not just when a tragic event occurs. Micah House has a long history of bringing health, hope and healing to a community in need. We are so thankful to our partners like the Redlands Unified School District and the Redlands Police Department, for walking with us as we seek to provide for the needs in the neighborhood.
Though this was a random act of violence, the feeling of insecurity has been elevated. Please let us know if you would like to be a part of this restoration process and serve on a future Sunday afternoon free lunch team. To volunteer, contact Alison Anderson (909) 335-7333, x149.