Church offers solution to blight and poverty in Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – One Memphis church is proving it doesn’t take much to clean up a neighborhood and change young lives.

The St. John M.B. Church is tackling blight in the Douglass Community and giving some teens something constructive to do with their free time this summer.

The ‘Every Man for Every Man Revitalization Program’ is being funded by one dollar donations from church members and other concerned people in the Douglass neighborhood.

Pastor Torrie Wilson says if everyone in Memphis donated a dollar every month they could help change the face of the community and help end poverty in the city.

The program is putting nearly two dozen teens from middle school to college age to work over the summer.

They are cutting the grass at homes and in vacant lots, picking up trash and painting houses in the Douglass neighborhood.

Organizers say this is a way to keep kids out of trouble, allow them to make money, and beautify the neighborhood.

“We couldn’t wait for the city. God didn’t ell me that.  He said you have dollar in your pocket.  If you take a dollar out of your pocket and put it with other dollars then God will bless it,” said Wilson.

Pastor Wilson is hoping this will be a model for other churches and neighborhoods and hopes to continue the program all year.

Wilson says they are in need of more donations to pay the kids and buy more lawn equipment and other supplies.

If you would like to help you can contact the church at (901)596-7088 or you can send donations to P.O. Box 34313, Memphis, TN 38184.

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