Port City United (PCU) is part of the county’s overall community investment plan to provide resources and connections for residents, increase stability for families, and give children and adults strong foundations to thrive. PCU is being developed from evidence-based programs and through direct community input and involvement. There are three main areas of focus for the department, including:
- A unit being built from an evidence-based Cure Violence Global model, that will include trusted outreach workers and mediation specialists working within neighborhoods to provide connections, promote healing, and help prevent violence.
- PCU Connect, a 24-7, locally manned contact center where community members can get connected with resources, receive support, and anonymously report threats of incoming violence and other concerns not addressed through 911 or mental health hotlines.
- Nonprofit partnerships that will bring community resource coordinators into schools to help students and families receive equitable and easy access to services.
Several other community-building initiatives are underway or are upcoming, and you can learn more about these programs and investments here.
Rashad GattisonInterim PCU Director
Steve BarnettPCU Supervisor for Violence Interruption and Outreach
Jarett GattisonPCU Resource Coordination Liaison
Sharon BraxtonPCU Data Analyst