[video] Grandmother helping Chicago kids ‘off the block’

While everybody talks about it, this courageous woman is doing something. Watch this and learn a thing or two instead complaining on the safety of your couch.

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via CNN

Chicago (CNN) — In Roseland, one of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods, many residents stay off the streets to protect themselves from rampant gang violence.

But one grandmother opened her door and invited gang members to come inside.

“They say I’m a nut because I let kids into my home who I didn’t even know,” said Diane Latiker, 54. “But I know (the kids) now. And I’ll know the new generation.”

Since 2003, Latiker has gotten to know more than 1,500 young people through her nonprofit community program, Kids Off the Block. And she hopes that by providing them with support and a place to go, she is also bringing hope to a community in crisis.

“We are losing a generation to violence,” said Latiker, who started the program in her living room.

According to Chicago Public Schools, 140 of its students have been shot since the school year started in September.

“How can a kid get a gun like he can get a pack of gum? It’s that crazy,” Latiker said.

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