Communities Partnering 4 Peace

Nonviolence, trauma-informed care, hyper-local collaboration, restorative justice practices.

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Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P), convened by Metropolitan Family Services, is a framework that provides a comprehensive, long-term approach to reducing violence and gang activity among the individuals and communities it serves.

How CP4P Works

  • Hyper-local approach: partner organizations adapt CP4P’s model to fit their unique needs, engaging their residents and partners as part of the solution to gun violence
  • Putting the power in communities’ hands: CP4P relies on authentic, trusted relationships, facilitated by local organizations informed in peace, trauma, and wraparound services
  • Developing a professional understanding with the Chicago Police Department, built and maintained on mutual trust and respect between CP4P’s outreach workers and CPD

CP4P Perspectives: Benny Estrada on CP4P helping in the community

What our “What is Street Outreach?” video

Street Outreach

Relationship-based interventions prevent violence.

  • Street outreach workers identify and respond to threats/incidents
  • Intervention involves using strategies to de-escalate tensions, control rumors, and support families of victims and perpetrators of violence to prevent the next shooting
  • Pre-release and re-entry services: relationship development with returning citizens and connections to key resources helps prepare for family and community reunification

“We offer the most comprehensive services to residents by providing meaningful opportunities for them to improve their lives. It’s exciting seeing clients actively engaging in the process as well.”

Ashley Soberanis

CP4P Justice Corps Paralegal

Case Management

Proactive services mitigate further high-risk situations.

  • Case Managers connect individuals at risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of violence with supportive services
  • Services include: legal and restorative justice, employment, family support, trauma-informed mental health, substance abuse services

Everyone is part of the light that brings community together.” – Vaughn Bryant at a Light in the Night kickoff event

Light In the Night

Free events empower communities to reclaim safe spaces.