Empowering individuals to break the cycle of gun and gang violence and choose positive change
Shaphat Outreach (pronounced "shaw-fat") provides individuals with the support they need to make positive changes and move away from the violence and negativity of the gang culture. Our comprehensive outreach and support services offer opportunities for individuals to consider alternative paths and make a commitment to a brighter, more peaceful future.
No Shots Fired
Shaphat Outreach launched the No Shots Fired (NSF) program in collaboration with the City of San Diego. NSF focuses on gun violence prevention, core intervention, and hospital-based violence intervention and injury reduction in order to mitigate gang violence. Another portion of NSF is a 12-18 month interactive journaling cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) process to establish goals, objectives and a life trajectory plan. This process ultimately facilitates high-risk behavioral change and allows for the opportunity to detect and interrupt planned violent activity and change community norms.
Seasons of Peace
In efforts to encourage decreases in gun violence, No Shots Fired designates specific times during the year called “Seasons of Peace,” where lived experience experts will advocate for peace and no shots fired through social media outreach and OG conversations. During this time, a variety of activities take place, including panel discussions about violence, peace meals, street side memorial services and community-based promotional events. The first inaugural Season of Peace that took place was from March 19 through April 15, 2022 and received successful community participation.
"Together, we can overcome the violence and fear that gangs bring, and build a community of love, understanding, and hope."
Bishop Cornelius Bowser