Posted Online: Feb. 14, 2014, 2:40 pm

Christian Care exercises additional security muscles

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By Leon Lagerstam, llagerstam@qconline.com

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From her position at the front desk, volunteer Carolyn Campbell can monitor the security cameras located around the building at Christian Care Rescue Mission in Rock Island. A $7,000 grant from the Scott County Regional Authority helped Christian Care increase security at its dmestic-violence shelter and rescue mission by purchasing additional cameras.
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A new security camera looks down from above a wall clock at the Christian Care Rescue Mission in Rock Island on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. The Scott County Regional Authority has helped Christian Care increase its security by awarding the organization a $7,000 grant to purchase the additional cameras.
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ROCK ISLAND -- It's not an Olympic sport, but everybody's looking at security exercises.

Christian Care in Rock Island recently received a $7,000 grant from the Scott County Regional Authority and bought additional security cameras for its men's rescue mission and domestic-violence center for women and children.

"Today, everyone is more concerned about security, no matter who they are," Christian Care grants and funding coordinator Ann Ring said. "We, too, want to take care of people and keep them safe, just like all the people attending the Olympic games. Protecting them is the priority, just as our priority is to protect our residents, staff, property and people visiting us."

Nothing tragic has happened at Christian Care to prompt enhanced security measures, Ms. Ring said. However, a national increase in the number of mass shootings raised safety concerns, she said.

In 2012, 22 mass shootings were reported in the U.S., and 21 more were reported by last fall when Christian Care applied for the regional authority's grant, Ms. Ring said.

"We took a look at where the country was going," Ms. Ring said. "Gun violence seemed to be on the rise, and the number of people with mental-health issues seemed higher."

The grant paid for more security cameras designed to help with safety, security, deterrence and follow-up investigations, according to a news release.

Ms. Ring said they already had the monitors, which are watched at all times by a well-trained staff.

She declined to say where the new cameras were placed for "security reasons," but said "having more cameras trained on strategic areas will protect everyone who comes into Christian Care's facilities — especially our residents who need a safe and secure environment as they work through the process of transforming their lives."

Christian Care is committed to transforming the lives of homeless people, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison and the mentally ill.

Its rescue mission for homeless men and shelter for abused women and children provide safe shelter, nutritious meals, clothing, counseling, referral and guidance to those in need.

Christian Care's services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, contact Christian Care at (309) 788-2273 or christiancareqc.org.