Lakeland pastor looks for solutions to violence

Lakeland pastor looks for solutions to violence
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LAKELAND, Fla. — When there’s a need in Northwest Lakeland, Pastor Mike Cooper is there to fill it. And lately, the Pastor has been around quite a bit.


What You Need To Know

  • Pastor Mike Cooper runs the Dream Center of Lakeland. It’s an organization that provides food, clothes and other resources to the community
  • Cooper has been meeting with community leaders to talk about recent violence in the area
  • At the end of September, there will be a banquet at Victory Church to celebrate the community and the work done at the Dream Center

“With the economy, the needs are getting greater,” Cooper said.

He runs the Dream Center of Lakeland. It’s an organization that provides food, clothes and other resources to the community.

“I think that’s what we do,” Cooper said. “We take the edge off.”

The edge is violent crime. According to Lakeland police, there had been two homicides in the city this year as of the beginning of September. Each time there’s any…

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