Kids learn renovation skills, while serving community - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Kids learn renovation skills, while serving community

(WMC-TV) - Several religious organizations are teaming up to improve a Mid-South neighborhood, one house at a time. The groups are recruiting local teenagers and businesses to help get the job done.

The kids working to fix up homes in the Alcy Ball neighborhood are learning lessons in how to renovate, as well as give back.

"I picked up the shingles and put them up in the dumpster," said 11-year-old Janice Shields.

"And we are all doing it for Christ, so I say it's very helpful," said 16-year-old Ramad Wade.

Renovations at the two homes were organized by SOS ministries. Barnhart Crane donated the tools.

"Absolutely anything you can do to boost morale to let people know that you care about them," said Jeff Harris, Barnhart Crane.

And most of the work was done by kids recruited by Memphis Athletic Ministries and Divine Life Church.

"And we talked and prayed that something like this would happened here," added Pastor Tony Wade, Divine Life Church.

What happened was a partnership that is allowing kids to show their faith and improve their community at the same time.

"Because when you provide safe housing for people who are not financially able to provide housing for themselves then you actually strengthen and empower the neighborhood," said Joshua Forbes, Alcy Ball Community Development.

"We have an obligation that if we are true servants of Christ, to give to others and that's part of it," added Gib Vestal, Memphis Athletic Ministries.

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