Operation: Safe Community (OSC) is a crime-reduction initiative of the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission and Memphis Fast Forward. The current five-year plan (2012-2016) includes five goals and 26 strategies. Goal #3 states, "Reduce blight, problem properties and crimes in apartment complexes." An action plan calls for expanding agrements with apartment complex owners, including a certification process. That is the responsibility of Safeways. www.memphiscrime.org
The Network for Overcoming Violence and Abuse (NOVA) is a Shelby County system of care initiated last year in Memphis neighborhoods in the Raleigh-Frayser and Hickory Hill areas. NOVA connects children exposed to violence and abuse - and their families - to counseling and other support services. www.shelbycountynova.net
Mayor A C Wharton's Memphis Gun Down plan came about because Memphis is faced with a gun violence rate exceeding the national average. The plan calls on the entire community to take aim at the issue and help make neighborhoods safer. www.memphisgundown.org
The Plough Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations located or headquartered in Shelby County, Tennessee. Plough grants support Safeways, the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission and many other worthy organizations. The Foundation was established in 1960.
Just as each apartment community adheres to a memorandum of agreement to become certified, and then maintain certification, Safeways intends to update its own practices, strategies and methodologies.
Becoming a stand-alone, 501C3 organizations is an evolving process.
One of the first steps was establishing a full-time staff, including the hiring of Julaine Harris as executive director.
The companies that own and operate Safeways properties and have formed business partnerships with Safeways include some of the largest apartment complex owners in the city - LEDIC, Makowsky, Ringel and Greenberg (MRG) and ALCO Management. Pierce Ledbetter, President & CEO of LEDIC, was a founding partner.