Kansas City G.I.F.T. grants Black Hawk Security $25K

The grant will help the Black-owned business employee inner-city residents

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Kansas City G.I.F.T. is working to close the racial wealth gap and reduce poverty-related crime one Black-owned business at a time. But at the heart of what they do is the people.

“Because of the intentional efforts of redlining, our city is divided where the majority of Black and brown people reside in one area and that area is under-funded and over-policed,” says Executive Director, Brandon Calloway. “Our goal is not just businesses, it is the actual residents in that area we want to invest in.”

The organization, which will have its one-year anniversary in May, generates grants that are completely funded by donations, and they have raised over $150,000 thus far.

This week, Kansas City G.I.F.T. announced that their most recent grant went to locally-owned Black Hawk Security and Neighborhood Watch. The grant will enable the security company to hire residents of the inner-city, creating jobs in underfunded communities and hopefully lowering crime rates.

“It’s not surprising that areas with more poverty have higher crime rates. They go get what they don’t have,” says Calloway. “Because there’s not a lot of money in the area and crime rates are high, the relationship with the police is different.”

“The aspect that Black Hawk is a Black-owned business,” Calloway continues, “people in the area can feel safer. They are putting people [security officers] in the area that look like them and that understand the community’s relationship with the police.”

Black Hawk Security and Neighborhood Watch was founded two years ago by Dominic Johnson-Bey and Omari Tatum.

Tatum explained that the sizable grant will enable Black Hawk Security to increase their task force, pay fees for de-escalation and gun safety training for officers, as well as many other things to ensure they are better able to serve the community.

“We will use that money to obtain handheld radios for officers communicate with each other citywide as we have contracts all over the city,” says Tatum. “Another thing we’re doing, we’ll enhance our mobile unit, so we plan on purchasing a couple of cars, that will be used in our security patrol, escorts, and so forth.

“We also want to enhance our literature unit. We’re creating a brochure that would be disbursed to any individual we come across that may be homeless or are just down on the luck as well as intervention toys for kids, like sticker badges, etc.”

The grant to Black Hawk Security is just one of many fundraised by Kansas City G.I.F.T. that strengthen marginalized, underfunded communities in the area.

To donate or view the campaigns G.I.F.T. is currently working on, visit their website.

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