“If we don’t get them, a gang will”

June 24th, 2011

Randy Gerry, 23, moved to Richmond, Virginia in 2005 to start over. Gerry recalls his troubled childhood in Los Angeles, where he faced the threat of gangs and neighborhood violence. Gerry said he was involved with the wrong crowd, which is why he chose to pack up and move cross-country to Virginia. Now, almost five years later, Gerry can be found mentoring at-risk children at the Richmond Outreach Center (also known as The ROC).

The outreach center is a Christian church, located on Midlothian Turnpike in South Richmond. Gerry said his rough upbringing serves as a bridge that helps him connect with at-risk youth in ways others can’t. Gerry is in charge of “Brotherhood Skate,” a skateboard ministry at The ROC, which is geared toward reaching the city’s skateboard community. The LA native along with other volunteers, bus children in from Creighton Court, Gilpin Court and other at-risk neighborhoods in Richmond. Volunteers spend more than 20 hours per week working with children and teens, offering activities such as boxing, baseball, basketball and skateboarding.

Additional Information
Richmond Outreach Center
5501 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA.

Randy Gerry
ROC Outreach Counselor

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