Don't Shoot call-in message prompts more target offenders to seek help

By Marshanna Hester

November 4, 2013 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria police say the message from the October Don't Shoot call-in is spreading.

Krista Coleman says six more individuals have reached out for help to change their criminal lifestyle.

Two of them participated in the call-in. The other four are friends or family members.

It's Coleman's jobs to connect them with service agencies to fulfill what she says are basic needs, like a bus pass to get to church.

She's witnessed failure before but remains optimistic.

"You have to think if you can even turn the life of one person around that could be saving the lives of many or potentially saving his life because he could be the next victim," Coleman said.

Opportunity for change will be offered to ex-offenders, parolees and probationers at the Summit of Hope.

It's Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Peoria Dream Center.

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