Amidst all the violence this weekend, one Omaha neighborhood took the opportunity to celebrate their community. It was a block party sponsored by Abide Network and Bridge Church at 35th and Franklin.
“We want to see our city transformed on neighborhood at a time,” said Bobbie Jo Johnson.
Her goal and the goal of Abide Network and Bridge Church is really that simple.
“We are getting in the neighborhoods, we're calling people out of the houses and saying hey lets get together, have a good time, get to know each other, share a meal together,” said Jo Johnson.
It was a chance for neighbors to get to know each other.
“When I see 1000 people standing behind me, even despite what's been happening this weekend it still says that the community is standing strong together,” said Jo Johnson.
She says their motto is "we're better together" and that this weekend violence doesn't have to be a way of life.
“The safest number one easiest thing to do is to get to know you're neighbor,” said Jo Johnson.
That was evident as we were interviewing Jenn Yee. She is a volunteer who lives in the neighborhood. Several times during the interview neighbors came up to her and said hello.
“We definitely need to see more of this, I mean violence happens all over our city,” said Yee.
The say events like this, give hope for the future.
“We really want to see people's lives impacted, people's lives transformed,” said Yee.