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Young volunteers repair homes in their neighborhoods

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - A group of teens are helping make major improvements to the Alcy Ball Neighborhood.

At one home on Bridgeport Street you can see roof repairs underway. What's unique is who is doing the roof repairs. It's not carpenters or the power company. It's Memphis teenagers who volunteer with Memphis Athletic Ministries.

"Somebody sees someone else helping that person, they might want to help too," Bernard Turner said. He's just one of the young volunteers putting in time and sweat.

"We are hopefully instilling in these kids a sense of servanthood, volunteerism, helping their community, and of course all of that for us," Philip Walkley of Service Over Self (SOS) said. "It's a way we can show the love of Christ to other people through our work."

SOS and Divine Life Church are banding together to supervise the young volunteers while they repair houses in the Alcy Ball Neighborhood.

Pastor Ellis Hull at Divine Life Church says the volunteers are helping repair houses for people who can't afford the repairs.

"If I'm not mistaken she has, like, four kids, so you know she's pulling her weight. She works every day. We're just trying to give her a boost," Pastor Hull said.

When they finish with the first house, they'll move down the street and start work on another. When all is said and done, the teens will have improved several homes and learned skills that could help them get a job.

"By the end of the week with us, at a minimum they know how to use a hammer, drive a nail, put some shingles down," said Hull.

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