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New name, new life breathed into Roanoke's Peacemakers

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - A new name, new place and new life is breathed into Roanoke's Peacemakers.

The group, formerly known as 100 Fearless Men, is now housed in the old Fire Station No. 9 on 24th Street.

The building, which had been vacant for more nearly seven years, is being renovated to house the men and women that make up the non-profit.

Peacemakers are trained community members who focus on working to make the community safe. They focus on high-crime areas of the city.

Members specialize in conflict resolution and patrol the streets to help de-escalate conflicts.

"We will come out with vans and vehicles and we will canvas every weekend and hit the high-crime areas around the neighborhood just to make our presence known in the city and let people know that we are out there, that we care and that we're going to be the eyes and ears for the community to try and stop this violence," said community activist and Supreme Captain Shawn Hunter.

Renovations are expected to be completed with an open house to be held by late March. Most of the renovation work and furnishings were donated by community members and local businesses, according to Hunter.

Lee Hartman & Sons provided the audio and video equipment and installation and Ashley Furniture supplied the furniture.

Hunter also said that the building will eventually include the New Life Christian Cafe, a restaurant offering healthy meals for no more than $5.

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The organization obtained its 501(c)(3) status and is now accepting donations. Donations can be mailed to Peacemaker Inc. P.O. Box 6062 Roanoke, VA 24017.