Gun violence partnership with Lock it for Love

Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice (WVRSJ) staff and volunteers gather for a meeting in their new office at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in University City, Missouri.  The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri is collaborating with WVRSJ through its "Lock It for Love" initiative to distribute gun locks free-of-charge throughout eastern Missouri.   
 
Parishioners in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri purchased hand-woven scarfs from Jerusalem to support "Lock It for Love," a partnership with Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice to distribute gun locks free-of-charge throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Barbara Harris and Joan Park of Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice (WVRSJ) staff the "Lock It for Love" table at the June 23, 2017 Episcopal City Mission (ECM) Summer Celebration fundraiser at Grace Episcopal Church in Kirkwood. ECM provides pastoral care to juveniles incarcerated in St. Louis City and County. The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri has partnered with WVRSJ to sponsor "Lock it for Love" and the distribution of gun locks free-of-charge throughout the St. Louis region.

 

Parishioners at Christ Episcopal Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, met on July 26, 2017 to launch a local "Lock It for Love" initiative focused on gun safety and free gun lock distribution.  The group's first community program will be in partnership with St. Francis Medical Center's (Cape Girardeau) Pediatric Health Fair on August 3.  The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri is collaborating with St. Louis-based Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice, which founded "Lock It for Love."  

 

Thirty-one gun locks were distributed free-of-charge at the January 12 Osage Center Health and Wellness Expo in Cape Girardeau.  The event was staffed by Brenda Phillips, a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Cape Girardeau. 
Lise Bernstein, president of Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice, presented "Saving Our Kids:  The Lock It for Love Initiative" at the September 22, 2017 seminar for parish nurses, "Gun Violence:  Caring for Children, Victims and Ourselves."  The program, a collaboration with Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, was held at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in University City, Missouri. 
Gayla Ressel and Brenda Phillips, members of Christ Episcopal Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, recently distribute 45 guns locks free-of-charge at the Heartland Health and Wellness Fair sponsored by KFVS TV.  This effort was supported by the Lock It for Love partnership between Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice and the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. 

 

Donna Bernert, a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Eureka, Missouri, organized members of her parish to staff a Lock It for Love booth at the annual Eureka Days celebration on September 8-9, 2017.  Fifty gun locks were distributed free-of-charge.  The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri has partnered with Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice, a St. Louis advocacy organization, in supporting Lock It for Love.

 

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