Greenfield church working with community to prevent crime

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Franklin County is working on another way to unite residents in the fight against drugs. 22News found out what a Greenfield church is doing to help with the cause.

The Second Congregational Church in downtown Greenfield held a service of hope and healing for the community 7:00 Wednesday night.

Greenfield has seen an increase in petty crimes and a sudden spike in heroin deaths. The City has hosted conferences and meeting for residents, health professionals and law enforcement.

Now the Second Congregational Church is opening its doors so the community can gather and reflect.

Rev. Corey Sanderson told 22News, “Having this as a way of creating a safe place for people to grieve and also experience a sense of hope and healing so this is kind of our contribution to the whole situation.”

Wednesday night’s service featured poetry readings, a candle vigil, and musical performances by local artists.

The church took a special offering Wednesday evening for the recover project, which helps people are recovering from substance abuse.