Silence the Violence Youth Talent Show was started 18 years ago in 2001 by Pastor Christiana Ford and her House of Faith Non-Denomination Ministries, a 501(c)(3) organization in the 7th Ward. The objective is to bring attention to youth crime and redirect that energy in a positive way. We want to reach out to local youth who live in these high-violence neighborhoods and get them involved in the arts. By supporting their interest and talent in music, dance, poetry, and artistic expression, we validate them as important contributors to our society, invoking a sense of pride, self-worth, and confidence.
About Our Founder
Pastor Christiana Ford started House of Faith Non-Denomination Ministries in 1998. God spoke to her and was present with her during her hard life of work on Buck Plantation in the town of Waterproof, LA in her youth and through the devastating loss of her oldest son, Lowell Henry Ford through violence. He was shot multiple times through a senseless act of violence just sitting in his car waiting on a friend to come back. This happened on April 23rd of 2006. God never left her side and spoke to her through her faith and love. Her mission was to preach His word and His love to those who suffer, and to bring them peace, love, and healing through her ministry. Silence the Violence Foundation is under the auspices of House of Faith Non-Denomination Ministries.
The City of New Orleans proclaimed October 8, 2011 as Pastor Christiana Ford Day!!
A Message from Christiana
"Dear Covenant Partners and Visitors,
We appreciate your willingness to unite with us concerning our 15th Annual 'Silence the Violence' Youth Talent Show & City Wide Festival.
'With Music on Your Mind, There Is No Time for Crime.'
'How good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.' As a benevolent organization serving New Orleans and the surrounding communities, it is our mission to develop a coalition of philanthropic and other benevolent organizations servicing youth to 'Silence the Violence' in our fair city. I am confident that good things will come from our joint efforts."
Neighborhood Story Project- Seventh Ward Speaks Out