To bring good news to the poor.He has sent us to comfort the brokenhearted and to let the captives know they will be released from mental and physical prisons.To bring vision to the visionless and hope to the hopeless, with it, freedom from our enemy.
Over the past decade society has seen an increase in
gang culture and its associated violence. In addition, the
composition and nature of gang culture has shifted: gang
members are getting younger, geographical territory is
transcending drug territory and violence is increasingly
The general increase in gang-related deaths of young
people and in particular a number of high-profile murders –
for example those of 15 year-old Billy Cox who was shot dead
in his own home in 2007 and 11 year-old Rhys Jones shot in
the neck as he walked home from football practice in
Liverpool in 2007 – have shocked society. To add to that suicides between 18 & 25 are up almost 40%.
has, at times, been suggestive of an epidemic in
Over the past decade the failure of national and local
government to act decisively has allowed gangs to become
entrenched in some of our most disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
Up to 6% of 10-19 year olds self-report belonging to a gang.
Police in London and Strathclyde have each identified 171
and 170 gangs respectively.
Gangs are most commonly found in areas of high deprivation,
and family breakdown
Four years ago "Ray of Hope 4u" was launched in Bakersfield California. It is
based on the belief that our children's needs are of the utmost
importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. We can win! Meet Our CEO
RAY AUGUSTINE PATRICK
Mentor/Substance Abuse Specialist/Counsellor was raised in a broken home, his parents split at the age of seven; he attended one of the worst schools in West
London (Christopher Wren), known for violence, drugs and sexual crimes. He
experimented with drugs and alcohol.He was arrested on two occasions and had his first bout with jail in 1988. Misdemeanour's lead to another bout in
Ray lived homeless on the streets of Los Angeles, sleeping on floors in his
car with no money or food.
In 1989 headed to University in Alabama where he studied a BA in Religion and Post Graduate Studies in drugs addiction & drug identification, gang identification, and community issues using Rational
Emotive Therapy, changing negative thinking into positive behaviour
He spent the last twelve years dealing with drug abuse and
gang violence among the youth in California; LA, San Francisco, Oakland, San
Jose, East Palo Alto and Bakersfield.
Ray worked in schools, youth clubs, churches, prisons,
cooperation’s (like NHS, Hammersmith and Fulham Council, White City Community Centre, and London Borough of Brent) and on the street; fighting the war
against drugs and negative behaviour, like anger and rage turning them into
Ray has done some pioneer work in the area of gangs and drug
misuse in LA with Rev. Jessie Jackson’s Operation Push (former USA presidential
candidate), Magic Johnson (former NBA star), Joey Porter & Windell Tyler
(NFL super bowl winning stars) on stop the violence programs.
He worked with crack cocaine, meth, heroine addicts,
crips & bloods, and Mexican mafia gang members.
Most recently consulted with London mayor Boris Johnson on
the drug & gang problem in London.
Just recently Ray has authored the book "Warzone The Battle for the mind"
* Voted chaplain of the Year by United Prison Ministry - 2006
* Pioneered Simple Solution Substance Abuse NA/AA Meeting -
* Developed Bakersfield first ever Substance Abuse Convention
with over 300 addicts in attendance - 2003
* Leadership Award from Bakersfield Channel 23 (ABC affiliate)
* Leadership Award from the City of Bakersfield. - 2003
* Introduced free Tattoo Removal for ex gang members in the
Bakersfield area - 2003
* Interviewed on many TV & Radio programs related to
success with Tattoo Removal Ministry - 2003
* Established the first Anti-Gang/Anti - Drug pastors Lunch
Summit in the history of San Jose. - 2000
* Voted Pastor of the year Central California Conference of
SDA - 1999
* Given Keys to the City by Clarksville Tennessee after
recognition of outstanding community work - 1992
We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service. We would love to come to your facility, school or church and speak to youth about the dangers of life and give them some tools to face