Community members brainstorm ways to address drug abuse in Lexington

December 11, 2017. WKYT.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – People from 26 congregations gathered Monday night at Second Presbyterian Church to discuss how drugs have impacted their communities.

“Heroin addiction, heroin overdoses, people get hit by cars right there on Leestown Road because they’re strung out. All of these issues revolve around the same problem,” said Pastor Rick Smith from Historic Second Christian Church in Midway.

Last month, members of Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct-Action (BUILD) voted to address the drug problem in 2018.

BUILD Will Focus On Ending Drug Epidemic

November 7, 2017. WUKY.org.

Hundreds gathered at Shiloh Baptist Church last night for a project BUILD meeting. The group focuses on recognizing problems in the community and working towards solutions to fix them.

More than five hundred people, representing two dozen churches in Lexington came together to spark change. Monday was the first of several annual meetings held by BUILD, which stands for Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct Action. Each congregation created a focus group and then voted on the issue they wanted the organization to focus on in 2018.

Hundreds vote on the biggest issue facing Lexington during forum

November 6, 2017. WKYT.

Hundreds of people from 26 congregations gathered Monday to discuss the biggest issues facing Lexington.

The forum was organized by BUILD, Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct-Action, a coalition of people of faith.

“No one single person can bring about change. No one congregation can do this by themselves,” said Consolidated Baptist Church Senior Pastor, Richard Gaines. “We are seeking to do together what none of us can do on our own.”

In seven hours, two were dead. What will Lexington do to prevent more bloodshed?

May 23, 2017. Lexington Herald Leader.

Two fatal shootings in Lexington in seven hours on Monday have caused some residents to fear a spike in violent crime, but police say the killings don’t necessarily indicate a brutal summer ahead.

The shootings Monday increased the murder toll to seven in 2017, the same total the city had by the same date in 2016. However, gun violence escalated, and by the end of 2016, Lexington saw 24 murders, the highest total in 15 years.

Interfaith group wants Lexington to contract with anti-violence organization

April 25, 2017. Lexington Herald Leader.

A Lexington interfaith coalition is asking city leaders to contract with a national organization to try to reduce violent crime in the city.

At its annual Nehemiah Action Assembly Tuesday night, BUILD was prepared to ask that a city representative attend a conference of and advocate for a contract with the National Network for Safe Communities.