WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- This weekend marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and instead of reflecting on the despair of that tragic day, local faith leaders are launching a community service project to "do something positive."
Whole Man Ministries of Winston-Salem has spearheaded the Homes 4 Our Heroes project for three years. Hundreds of volunteers have helped renovate five duplexes on Cameron Avenue for homeless veterans who apply to live there. All but one duplex is complete, and project leaders hope the service day this weekend will help finish it.
Homes 4 Heroes is one of 32 national projects selected for the "9/11 National Day of Service." Anyone is invited to the project site -- 1431 N. Cameron Avenue in Winston-Salem from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 10. REGISTER HERE.
Then, on Sunday, Whole Man Ministries will host an outdoor service from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone is invited to that, as well.
"We wanted to commemorate 9/11. We wanted to show people that we are resilient, we are positive, that we can turn a bad situation around. We wanted to pour all our energies and hopefully get the community involved," said Whole Man Ministries pastor Barry Washington.
He said though the project is aimed at helping homeless veterans, the payoff has spread through the neighborhood.
"I tell you, when we first started this project, you guys (WFMY News 2) covered it. You saw how it looked. To see it now, the neighbors are so excited about this. Before we got here, this place was a blight, the city was getting ready to tear it down, there was drug activity, criminal activity. Now that we’ve come in and changed the whole environment portion of it, it has also motivated all the neighbors."
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