Joel Hodge wears his experience with violence on his face. He’s been shot three times, and one incident claimed his right eye.
He was released from a Colorado prison in 2001. He had met his wife, LaKeisha, on weekenders while he was still incarcerated. They founded their nonprofit and married as soon as they had the chance.
The Struggle of Love Foundation is their attempt to curb youth violence in northeast Denver. When shots are fired or gang activity picks up, Denver police leaders call Hodge, a Chicago native, to speak with families reeling from tragedy. He makes sure they have what they need, and he tries to talk mourning relatives down from retaliation.
Hodge says this summer will be a difficult one.
Violence always picks up……. Read More