At one time, Nikko Clark probably never thought he would ever come in contact with one of the most powerful members of Congress.
But, while in Peoria Tuesday Illinois Senator Dick Durbin heard first- hand what Don't Shoot has done for Clark.
Clark told Durbin he took the Call-In session seriously after hearing it's direct message.
Clark has just successfully completed an urban weatherization jobs training program. Clark told the Senator he's confident he will find work soon.
Clark was one of 28 participants in December's initial Don't shoot Call-In. He says he is grateful for the Don't Shoot strategy.
Senator Durbin recently found out about the early positive results of Peoria's Don't Shoot effort. So he visited here Tuesday and talked with Clark and the program stakeholders.
Durbin asked Clark if he's getting the word to his former associates. Clark told the Senator he has, but some are not so sure about Don't Shoot. But, Clark says he will continue to spread the word to get others to turn their lives around through what Don't Shoot offers.
Durbin asked Clark how easy it is to acquire a gun on the streets. Clark says it probably still is, but he has stopped associating with those type people, so he doesn't really know anymore.
Durbin says he's impressed with Peoria's effort after talking with Clark and Don't Shoot leaders.