What do you do with a community so toxic with crime, drugs and poverty that the public buses wouldn’t go into it after 10:00 PM and the police would go in only with backup? A remarkable organization, “Behind Every Door”, brings hope to the community and dignity to the people. Every door has behind it a valuable story. Now, groups of young boys, ages 8-13, gather on Friday mornings for their “Real Men” goup meetings to learn what it is to be a real man. Tutoring improves school performance. Job training helps get work. Even planting flowers helps the place look better. The residents say, “Life is looking up.” This is social justice in action.
In April, WFAA-TV (ABC) did a short story on the Village Oaks community. Click to watch.
Check out their web site too. Great pictures.
And great stories on their blog.
It’s only 864 homes with 2000 residents, but imagine what could happen as other communities experience the blessing of caring relationships. It’s amazing what can happen with good people set out to do good things in the community. Consider supporting them with finances. I think they’re worth it.