Mother of missing gang-involved son speaks out

The Inter-Faith Community Association’s focus is right there in the name: community.

Phyllis Hardison, a member of the association, gave a history of the organization that started in 1980 and has since focused on increasing activities for young people, encouraging qualified African American candidates during elections, helping children with education through tutoring and college preparation, and supporting other local groups, like volunteer fire departments.

“There’s a lot being done by very, very few people,” said association President Jim Roddy.

On Saturday, they brought awareness to an issue facing communities across the nation: gang activity, and how it affects families.

Jenay Wolfrey introduced the events special speaker, who also happened to be her mother. Joan Turner has years of experience with law enforcement, including being the first African American to work as a crime scene investigator with the Suffolk Police Department in Virginia, Wolfrey

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