Gun Violence Response

This strategy aims to intervene in the cycle of gun violence to save lives and support healing.

Shooting and Homicide Response starts with community-based responders that connect with individuals and families at the hospital or in their homes and walk with them as they navigate crisis. Families and individuals will be connected to immediate resources and long-term mental healthcare and healing support. Oakland Unite Contact: Kentrell Killens

Violence Interruption
that is designed to interrupt conflicts between groups and individuals, with a focus on reducing retaliatory violence whenever possible. Interrupters rely on their community credibility and knowledge of Oakland street violence to form relationships that allow them to intervene in volatile situations. Oakland Unite Contact: Kentrell Killens


Adult Life Coaching is centered on transformative relationships between people involved in gun violence and trained peer professionals with similar life experiences. Life coaches provide advocacy, systems navigation, family engagement, connection to resources (such as housing and mental health), and socio-emotional skill development. Oakland Unite Contact: Mark Henderson


Adult Employment and Education that meets the immediate needs and enhances participants’ long-term job prospects through the development of skills and education. Oakland Unite Contact: Dan Simmons

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