Founder of Always Knocking, Inc.
In response to a series of violent murders of young people in South Sacramento in 2008, Greg King founded Always Knocking, Inc. Based on his own experiences as a young man, he established the Always Knocking mission to, "provide at-risk and incarcerated youth with resources, educational tools and experiences to make positive changes in their lives." In coordination with partners such as the Wellness Foundation and the Sacramento City Unified School District, Always Knocking engages directly with youth in communities through referrals and street outreach. For more information: www.alwaysknocking.com/
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a father of 9 beautiful kids, grandfather of 19 and 1 great grandchild. I live in South Sacramento and my work is city/county wide, my work is for the people of Sacramento and I am truly dedicated to my work serving the community.
How are you making a difference in your community?
I am making a difference through my non-profit agency Always Knocking, Inc. We provide full wrap around services, alternatives to youth and gang violence, innovative rehabilitation program services, positive decision making skills, pre-employment training, comprehensive tutorial support, community crisis response, safe place safe haven.
What inspires your community efforts? Why is the work important to you?
Being raised in the south (Georgia), that is what my mother and grandmother taught me to do is to always help others to help themselves, because it is my duty.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
There are so many accomplishments and the biggest one is to be able to get up each morning and do my duty in providing service to the community.
What have you struggled most with in your life?
My biggest struggle in life is missing my parents as they have transitioned to heaven.
What kind of lessons do you think are important to instill in future generations?
To be responsible and accountable.
If there is one problem in our community that you wish you could fix, what would it be?
Stop all the senseless killings.
How do you decompress?
By going home every day and spending time with my family.