Reno Police, St. Catherine's Church Make Difference in Young Lives
From Reno Police:
Recently the Reno Police Department has had several reports and numerous calls for service to Reno Police Dispatch that were related to juvenile problems at the Diamond Creek Apartments located at 1205 South Meadows Parkway. Officer Colleen Guilford, who is a Community Action Officer with the Reno Police Department, took a deep look at the problem and discovered many of the calls were not criminal in nature; but were calls related to the juveniles who were bored and getting into trouble due to a lack of leadership in their lives.
In an effort to assist the children who live in the complex by providing them with a more positive role model and to provide them activities during the school break, the Reno Police Department has partnered with St Catherine’s Church and created the Diamond Creek Positive Impact Project (DC PIP). The DC PIP is a year round project designed to help the children of the Diamond Creek property engage in positive and healthy activities to promote relationship building and enhance learning; while also giving them positive reinforcement.
Speaking with kids in the complex and Double Diamond Elementary located across the street, Officer Guilford found that some kids needed extra attention, guidance and motivation to do the right things with their lives. Reno Police and St Catherine’s Church were eager to get involved and find a long term solution which ultimately resulted in the creation of DC PIP.
Throughout the summer, there will be different activities hosted by Officers from the Reno Police Department and St Catherine’s Church at the Diamond Creek Property including relationship building, reading activities, pool days, arts and crafts and game days. The Positive Impact Project will also bring resources like counseling services and parenting classes directly to the apartment complex.
Community support for this project has been wonderful, from Diamond Creek Apartments involvement to St Catherine’s Church purchasing art supplies and sports equipment. Papa John’s Pizza on South Meadows Parkway has also donated pizzas for summer events, and the Girl Scouts of America are also starting a troop at the complex. Additionally young future leaders/students from the University of Nevada Reno have donated their time to assist in the project.
Citizens of Reno can follow the continued partnerships with the Reno Police Department and the community by liking the Reno Police Department on Facebook or following us on Twitter.
If you would like more information or would like to donate to the DC PIP project, please contact Officer Guilford of the Reno Police Department at (775)657-4543.