In response to the robbery and killing of Sharon L. Staples by three Black teen-age males in front of her 13-year-old son, a number of individuals, financial institutions, as well as community and faith-based organizations have started initiatives to help Staples’ family.
Reverend Dr. Nathaniel J. Stampley, Sr., senior pastor of Heritage International Ministries, COGIC is calling on 100 men in the community to join him at Heritage on Monday, August 22 at 6 p.m. to organize and mobilize to become more responsible, supportive and visible to the women, children and elderly.
During the meeting at Heritage, located at 1036 W. Atkinson Ave., Rev. Stampley will encourage the men who attend to reconnect with themselves and each other as it relates to moral values, community involvement, personal responsibility, and spirituality.
“This will not be just one time; it will be ongoing,” Rev. Stampley said Tuesday. “I have a vision as to what I want to do.”
Rev. Stampley said there are multiple tragedies in the murder of Staples, who was the mother of seven children and who was pregnant with twins when she was killed.
“We have seven children left without a mother, we have several young teens (who have been apprehended) whose lives have been altered, not to mention their grieving parents,” Rev. Stampley said in a written statement.
“We have a grandfather, 83-years-old having to assume the role of parent and we have a community under siege, not knowing when and where violence will occur.”
During the Monday meeting, Rev. Stampley will unveil a two-page mission statement, which will outline a strategy to deal with the conditions of joblessness, education, and safety.
Rev. Stampley plans to incorporate the group into a legal entity that has by-laws, an appointed president, staff and board of directors, including annual dues.
The men who join the organization must become more visible in their community and neighborhoods, dialoging, praying and even singing with residents.
They must also commit time and resources to the community, give reverence to God, resolve differences peacefully and intellectually, be a role model to children—especially young boys, and pool their financial resources and skills to create new businesses and jobs, acquire abandoned properties, and assist the homeless and men returning from prison.
“I do not take this appeal lightly,” Stampley said. “I have lived 60 years; (been) married 39 years; (have) six children and 11 grandchildren. I have served in many capacities and traveled extensively.
“However, this may be my greatest challenge. (We must) resurrect the Biblical and ancient African concepts of a model kingdom, whereby we will honorably be called ‘Sons of God.’”
An organization of car owners, called the Brew City Corvette Club, recently had a car show to raise money, clothing and school supplies for the Staples family. They will also collect checks made out to the Staples Family Benefit fund that has been set up at Waukesha State Bank.
Individuals wanting to contribute monetarily to the fund can do so by dropping off a donation at any Waukesha State Bank or mail their donation to: The Staples Family Benefit, Attn: Jodi Hanna, P.O. Box 648, Waukesha, WI 53187
St. Francis Church is accepting donations of clothing and other items from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. St. Francis is located at 1927 N. 4th St., near north 4th and Brown Streets.
Encouraged by an employee who was touched by the news of the shooting and its impact, BP gas station, located at 51st and Brown Deer, is collecting items for the family at the station.