ST. LOUIS - The broken, and battered streets of the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood are less bloody these days.
The sound of gunfire pierced the air multiple times a day. St. Louis police officers would come here to take the crime, and drive it out. When they left, the helpers moved in. They knocked on door after door.
"We say what do you need, what does your family need," said James Clark, vice president of Better Family Life.
Better Family Life and 65 other service organizations launched a coordinated attack on Wells-Goodfellow and Penrose neighborhoods in 2010. They are on the list of St. Louis city police's high-crime neighborhoods.
The coordinated effort took three years. They agencies offered everything from finding jobs, to getting diplomas, to getting into drug and alcohol treatment.
"Nothing will solve crime like delivering resources directly into our neighborhoods," said Clark.
The resources went to the people, because the people wouldn't come to them. The effort brought crime down by double digits in those neighborhoods.
The bullets still fly, the criminals still rob but not as much anymore, Clark said officers and helpers can help the other 10 high-crime neighborhoods in the city, but it's going to take a shift in money and thinking to get there.
Clark said if it doesn't happen, people will have to put more bars on their doors and buy more body bags.