Transforming Chaos to Peace

Devon made a presentation on 2/21/15 at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church  entitled “Transforming Chaos to Peace – Domestic Violence is Real”.
This presentation was conducted in partnership with Progressive Transitions.

MCP Welcomes New Board Member

MCP is very pleased to announce that Ms. Courtney Gray has joined Men Creating Peace as a Board Member.
Courtney Gray

Ms.Gray graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Justice Studies. While pursuing her degree, she worked as a Navigator Intern for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office at their Family Justice Center serving victims of domestic violence. During this time she also volunteered as part of San Jose State’s CommUniverCity Project that focused on working with local neighborhoods in addressing their community violence. Upon graduating, she was hired with the Alameda County Family Justice Center to help build and coordinate a new program that would empower survivors of domestic violence to pursue greater independence. This program focused on offering classes and workshops that promote financial, personal and professional skill development. She is also currently pursuing her other passions in becoming a certified wedding planner, competing in a fitness competition and being admitted to law school.


Thank you to Board Member Mick Gardner!

mick gardenerWe would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mick Gardner for his exceptional service and dedication in helping to advance our organization for the past 4 years as Board Member and Chair of Men Creating Peace. He will be greatly missed as he moves on to other important work in our communities and we wish him well.

Recent Events

January 16, 2015 MCP Executive Director Devon Gaster presented to the Alameda County Area Agency on Aging at the Department of Social Services Office in Oakland.

January 23, 2015 MCP Executive Director Devon Gaster gave a presentation on Batterer’s Treatment for Ruby’s Place for their 40 hour Domestic Violence Training.

December 17, 2014 MCP hosted it’s Third annual Holiday dinner for all current participants and alumni at Laney College in Oakland.

November 8, 2014 MCP hosted it’s second annual fundraiser at the Transmission Gallery in Oakland. We enjoyed special performances by Batala SF and Tyson Amir. Key note speakers were Rev. K. J. Williams and Judge Tara Flanagan.
It was a wonderful evening of fun, music, food, and prizes enjoyed by all, and we would like to thank everyone for their generous participation.

October 31, 2014 MCP Executive Director Devon Gaster attended an all day workshop entitled “Faith Community Response to Domestic Violence”. The event was hosted by A Safe Place Inc. and sponsored by The African American Domestic Peace Project and The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community. The workshop took place at Jack London Square in Oakland.

October 24, 2014 MCP Executive Director Devon Gaster participated in the Alameda County District Attorney’s 12th Annual Day of Remembrance event in downtown Oakland. This event honors victims who have lost their lives to Domestic Violence in Alameda County.

October 24,2014 Men Creating Peace staff, clients and their families attend The Golden State Warrior’s Basketball Community Night.

October 10, 2014 MCP Executive Director Devon Gaster gave a presentation on Batterer’s Treatment for Building Futures for their 40 hour Domestic Violence Training.

October 10, 2014 MCP Executive Director Devon Gaster gave a presentation to Kaiser Redwood City Medical Staff on Domestic Violence Awareness.

Appreciation from Dr. Jennifer H. Ong, O.D

In appreciation of your work and dedication to end the cycle of violence in families, thank you Devon Gaster and Men Creating Peace!

I have served on the Planning Committee of the “Joining Branches Saving Lives” conference as a member of the Family Violence Council of Alameda County Superior Court for the last 4 years. Men Creating Peace with Devon Gaster’s leadership has been a crucial resource for our various service providers for families surviving domestic violence.

On September 26, 2014, I met one of the men who completed the 52 week batterer’s treatment program at Men Creating Peace. This is a young veteran who, after several consecutive deployments experienced a traumatic brain injury, PTSD and exhibited violent behaviors towards his family. I had the opportunity to meet and learn
about his struggles. This brave young man, a protector of our country and men/women under his command, is now able to assist fellow veterans who are also struggling with their tendencies for domestic violence through the guidance of Men Creating Peace.

The prevalence for domestic violence in PTSD survivors has been identified to be as high as 20% nationwide. Men Creating Peace is a supportive program that is successfully creating a path for our veterans and men struggling with violence to find a peaceful path to redirecting aggression. Thank you, Devon Gaster and Men Creating
Peace, for developing a program that supports ending the cycle of violence for generations of families.

Dr. Jennifer H. Ong, O.D
Planning Committee, “Joining Branches Saving Lives”

MCP Workshops, Meetings & Events, 2014


International Violence Assault and Trauma Conference

Devon Gaster and Kevin Penn are attending the conference in San Diego. They are

presenting with Dr. Lisa Firestone from the Glendon Association on identifying,

understanding and transforming violent individuals.

Men Creating Peace Launches their new website at !


Arab Cultural Community Center

Devon met with Ibrahim Elkarra who is the Social Services and Youth Program

Coordinator at the San Francisco Arab Cultural Community Center. This meeting

was the beginning collaboration on developing a new violence prevention

curriculum to work with Arab speaking male clients. Mr. Elkarra and his staff are

very interested in moving forward with this venture with Men Creating Peace.


Television interview with Victoria Vanayerst

Devon was interviewed by Victoria for her television program The Art of

Conscious Living. This interview can be viewed on You Tube.


Board of Equalization Seminar Nonprofit, Exempt and Grassroots Organizations

Devon attended the seminar in downtown Oakland.


Bayview Hunter’s Point Multipurpose Senior Services: In the Trenches Awards

Devon Gaster and Scott Schell, who are both former awards recipients, attended

the Awards luncheon with many colleagues and friends who work with formerly

incarcerated individuals who are changing their lives.

Alameda County Domestic Violence Collaborative monthly meeting

Devon Co-chaired the meeting at the Family Justice Center in Oakland.

The collaborative is working to develop a new resource guide for teens and young

adults in Alameda County.


Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy Seminar

Devon and Frances Luster attended the all day training seminar on capacity

building and fundraising strategies.


Alameda County Batterers’ Treatment Providers meeting.

Devon attended the meeting between providers and the Alameda County

Probation Department in down town Oakland.

Men Creating Peace had a Board meeting this evening at the Family Justice Center

in Oakland. The board welcomed our newest member George Jurand.


Elder Abuse Conference at Hastings Law School in San Francisco.

Devon Gaster attended an all day conference on Elder Abuse

Alameda County Domestic Violence Collaborative meeting.

Devon Co-chaired the monthly meeting which featured a presentation by Dr.

Alicia Grefenson from Sharper Future on Sex Offender Treatment.


Men Creating Peace began facilitating violence prevention classes to men

incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison “H” unit.


Building Futures for Woman and Children 40 hour DV training.

Devon Gaster presented on Batterers’ Treatment and information about working

with men who have been convicted of DV.