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Safe haven for former gang members set to open in North Memphis

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(WMC-TV) - Memphis residents are coming together to open a refuge for gang members in the Klondike area of North Memphis. It is a resource the community says it is in desperate need of.

"I talk to gang members all the time. They just want someone to show them love," said Larry Hunter of Sober House Ministries.

Sober House Ministries is opening up shop on Randle Street to give gang members a safe haven.

"They can come in as they are. We're not going to try to condemn them, but we'll try to change them by showing them how to fill out applications, showing them how to work on computers. We just want to make a difference," said Hunter.

Former Memphis Tigers Football player Henry Rodgers is lending his construction company, Rodgers Construction, to the project.

"What we want to do is let them know we're here to help them. We want to provide a place they can come to get help and food, if necessary," said Rodgers.

Neighbors are receptive.

"There's always something bad going on. To see someone help themselves out, I'm kind of glad someone would like to get help and there's someone to help someone," said LaShaun Pinson.

Rodgers Construction hopes to complete the project in the next few weeks, but they still need some materials like sheet rock, paint and nails. If you would like to help out, call 901-857-4589.

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