The nonprofit Christopher 2X Game Changers is furthering its social justice work of addressing gun violence and its impact on youth in Louisville by partnering with The Kidz Club.Based in Kentucky, it’s a prescribed pediatric extended care facility that cares for children who are medically fragile in a daycare-like setting. Three of the six centers are based in Louisville.“Despite the trauma and the things that these children have had to go through, they are not exempt,” said Jody Rogers, president of The Kidz Club.Rogers says families already suffer from the stress that can come with caring for a child with medical complexities. When they’re surrounded by a rise in gun violence, it only adds another layer of trauma.“We have to help try and relieve their suffering in their neighborhoods, where they live, and the violence that surrounds them,” he said. “So, it was a natural connection with us when we found Game Changers.”The hand and glove partnership will help families at The Kidz Club cope with the emotional calamity of gun violence. Game Changers will connect them with therapy services and offer them the opportunity to join support groups like the nonprofit’s new initiative “Voices of Survivors.” It’s comprised of dozens of community members who have lost loved ones at the hands of a gun.“These families that are affected by gun violence will have an outlet to handle that form of trauma,” said Christie Welch, deputy director of Christopher 2X Game Changers. “Voices of Survivors creates a community of people who have experienced gun violence, so they won’t feel so alone and isolated.”According to Christopher 2X, there have been 52 criminal homicides in Louisville, just four months into 2021. He says children with special needs and their families are no different than regular families who experience the trauma of gun violence.“They too are impacted by gunfire at nighttime, they are not immune from their loved ones unfortunately victims of violent crime,” he said. “Hopefully this partnership will be put on a platform for more conversations in the community.”While this initiative will not solve the issue of Louisville’s gun violence, organizers say it further creates a safe and nurturing environment for the city’s children and gives them a chance to not live in fear.“It’s important for the community to know that Kidz Club exists so that you can have the support that you need to raise your little one in the best way you possibly can,” Welch said.The Kidz Club is open 5 to 6 days a week and cares for 300 children a day, who attend the center free of charge. The facility also serves as a learning hub for Jefferson County Public School students.More information about The Kidz Club and its locations can be found here.For more on Christopher 2X Game Changers, click here.

The nonprofit Christopher 2X Game Changers is furthering its social justice work of addressing gun violence and its impact on youth in Louisville by partnering with The Kidz Club.

Based in Kentucky, it’s a prescribed pediatric extended care facility that cares for children who are medically fragile in a daycare-like setting. Three of the six centers are based in Louisville.

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“Despite the trauma and the things that these children have had to go through, they are not exempt,” said Jody Rogers, president of The Kidz Club.

Rogers says families already suffer from the stress that can come with caring for a child with medical complexities. When they’re surrounded by a rise in gun violence, it only adds another layer of trauma.

“We have to help try and relieve their suffering in their neighborhoods, where they live, and the violence that surrounds them,” he said. “So, it was a natural connection with us when we found Game Changers.”

The hand and glove partnership will help families at The Kidz Club cope with the emotional calamity of gun violence. Game Changers will connect them with therapy services and offer them the opportunity to join support groups like the nonprofit’s new initiative “Voices of Survivors.” It’s comprised of dozens of community members who have lost loved ones at the hands of a gun.

“These families that are affected by gun violence will have an outlet to handle that form of trauma,” said Christie Welch, deputy director of Christopher 2X Game Changers. “Voices of Survivors creates a community of people who have experienced gun violence, so they won’t feel so alone and isolated.”

According to Christopher 2X, there have been 52 criminal homicides in Louisville, just four months into 2021. He says children with special needs and their families are no different than regular families who experience the trauma of gun violence.

“They too are impacted by gunfire at nighttime, they are not immune from their loved ones unfortunately victims of violent crime,” he said. “Hopefully this partnership will be put on a platform for more conversations in the community.”

While this initiative will not solve the issue of Louisville’s gun violence, organizers say it further creates a safe and nurturing environment for the city’s children and gives them a chance to not live in fear.

“It’s important for the community to know that Kidz Club exists so that you can have the support that you need to raise your little one in the best way you possibly can,” Welch said.

The Kidz Club is open 5 to 6 days a week and cares for 300 children a day, who attend the center free of charge. The facility also serves as a learning hub for Jefferson County Public School students.

More information about The Kidz Club and its locations can be found here.

For more on Christopher 2X Game Changers, click here.

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