Gun ViolenceDe-Escalation Centers

Do You Know About a Situation That Could Turn Into Gun Violence?


Call our De-Escalation Hotline at 314.203.3900

Or visit one of our gun violence de-escalation centers at four churches around St. Louis:


North County: Greater St. Marks Family Church, 9950 Glen Owens Dr.

North City: New Northside Missionary Baptist, 8645 Goodfellow Blvd.

Mid-Town: Washington Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, 613 N. Garrison Ave.

South City: Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah St.



Better Family Life’s VP of Community Outreach James Clark has developed a process to de-escalate possible gun violence by reaching out to one or all of the parties involved and to family and friends, asking that they speak with the person who has threatened to shoot. At least one of the disputing parties is asked to come in to talk and find possible solutions.


Now Better Family Life has set up De-Escalation Centers in neighborhoods throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, including member churches in BFL’s Pulpit to Porches Initiative.


While observing confidentiality, representatives at the centers will document the dispute, location if applicable, and begin the resolution process. In instances where disputing parties agree, they will share more information about themselves and their experiences so we can develop and build upon prevention and de-escalation strategies.


For More Information: 314.381.8200

Community Outreach