Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Frayser clean up - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Frayser clean up

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - An army of volunteers kicked off a war against trash, weeds and dilapidated houses in Frayser.

Pastor DeAndre Brown organized the clean up along with Memphis City Beautiful, Exchange Club, The Community Enhancement Division and Clean Memphis.

"We call if fight blight," Brown said.  "Just as simple as that, and we've named ourselves the blight patrol."

For the volunteers, the goal is simple; when you clean up blight, you help keep out crime."

The clean up effort took on special significance for ex-offenders in the Lifeline to Success program, including Antonio King.

"Just giving back," King said.  "I have done so wrong to the community when I was out in the streets, so I just want to give back and show the world that I'm a different person now."

Neighbors, like Detorrance Williams, were grateful for the clean up.

"I'm glad they're cleaning up the community and help some of the people around here," Williams said.  "Make the neighborhood look good."

Memphis' Community Enhancement Division was responsible for the heavy equipment, mowing and boarding up of home involved in the clean up.

City officials plan to bill the homeowners for the work that city crews did.  That does not include the work done by the volunteers

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