When there is a drastic change in a crime-ridden area, it begs the question. So, I set out to see why murders are down in the Gardere area of the Red Stick. What I found out was enlightening.
In the fall of 2008, faith-based groups came together to work hard in an effort to rebuild the Gardere area from the bottom up. In order to accomplish this, it would require those living in the area to take back their neighborhood – and that they did.
While politicians would like to take credit for the drop in crime, I choose to applaud the unsung heroes that have paid a price with their love, sweat, prayers and tears to make a difference in the lives of Gardere residents:
The response was so overwhelming, that other African-American churches joined them, as well as a Hispanic church. By Christmas, other plans culminated:
In February, 2009, over 11 churches joined in the efforts of the Gardere/GSRI area outreach with hands-on assistance. Together, they planned for a May event to include different aspects including:
Garage Give-Away: clothes, furniture, appliances, etc.
Picnic: food planned for up to 2,000 residents to break bread together
Medical Screening: doctors and nurses to do health evaluations
Kid’s Village: kid’s activities, storytelling, and spiritual teaching
Spiritual Outreach: prayer, counseling, faith-based outreach to all residents open to hearing the message of Jesus and how he can change your heart, mind and life
Preparations began with another hard-working group of volunteers:
Jambalaya, clothes, health screenings, fellowship, faith, toys, furniture, bibles, face painting, appliances, electronics, and lots of love coupled with the message of spiritual-life changing reality was shared at the May event in Gardere.
This is the reality of where we must live. Mayor Holden, take note!
Buildings do not change people. People reaching out change people. Yes, truancy is a problem, but getting down to where people live by providing needs, empowering them to do for their own self, showing love is where the rubber meets the road.
If you can’t donate your time, donate your householditems, clothing, food, or cash to share in this PROVEN outreach. It’s a faith-based effort that is worthy of the countless hours these men and women have spent in their heartfelt outreach that is changing lives.
As a result, crime has dropped drastically in the Gardere/GSRI area.
The next event scheduled is a school supply give-away on August 1st at the BREC Park at Gardere. To support this fruitful ministry that has obviously changed lives, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to their website for more information by clicking here.
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican