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Itemlive has a story about the Lynn, Massachusetts Ministry program that is a regional finalist for World Magazine’s 2010 Hope Award for Effective Compassion.

Pastors Claire Sullivan and Eugene Schneeberg had no idea why WORLD Magazine wanted to meet up with their organization, Straight Ahead Ministries.

Straight Ahead, a national organization that has held a branch in Lynn for eight years, is being credited as part the reason that gang violence in the city seems to have declined this summer. The ministry is most noted for creating forgiveness and reconciliation between rival gangs, both inside and outside the penitentiary system. Straight Ahead leaders said they have reduced the rate of recidivism for Lynn youth from 85 to 15 percent.

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