On August 15, almost 200 senior citizens from all over New York City gathered at police headquarters for the Grandmother’s Love Over Violence Luncheon.
The program—known as Grandmother’s LOV, for short—was founded in 2010 in partnership with the Brooklyn Clergy Coalition, and is made up of devoted grandmothers and great-grandmothers who serve as the primary caregivers for their grandchildren. Members act as a network of support, helping each other provide for their families and standing against gun violence in their communities.
Although the program originated in central Brooklyn, Grandmother’s LOV expanded citywide in 2015 with the assistance of the NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau; now, members hail from all five boroughs.
Chief of Community Affairs Joanne Jaffe (who has coordinated closely with Grandmother’s LOV for several years) delivered opening remarks, thanking the grandmothers for their hard work and commitment.
“As we come together today, we have so much warmth, comfort, and love for each other,” Chief Jaffe said. “You are part of our family, you are leaders in your communities, and we’re working together to stop the violence.”
Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill also spoke, emphasizing the importance of groups like Grandmother’s LOV to the NYPD’s neighborhood policing mission before introducing a brief presentation on crime prevention and awareness for senior citizens.
“So much of our success comes from the relationships that we’re building in our neighborhoods,” Police Commissioner O’Neill said. “The only way we can get better is by working with groups like this. Crime and violence is down, but we can’t do it alone. You do make a difference.”