Stories of Renewal

When just one person cares, a lot can happen

“Truly a model that is renewing the entire city”

One of the first things that Dianne Schick realized and liked about Community Renewal is that this is a work not just for a few, but for all. “I like that Community Renewal is building relationships that go across the city. This is truly a model that is renewing the entire city,” she said.

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Friendship House inspires graduate to help others

LaSherrica Burks is facing the future with confidence and courage – thanks in large part to the Friendship House Youth Club in her neighborhood. Recently turned 18, and a 2017 graduate from Booker T. Washington High School, she has big dreams that include giving back to the community.

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Crime plummets in Friendship House areas

Crime has fallen dramatically in the five low-income areas where Community Renewal operates neighborhood Friendship Houses, according to recent reports by the Shreveport and Bossier City Police Departments. Major crime has dropped an average of 52 percent in the four Friendship House areas in Shreveport and the one in Bossier City.

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Dreams flourish in a CRI Friendship House

Aaliyah Burns dreams of being a doctor. Only 12 years old, she is one of several Friendship House youth who recently participated in a six-week medical careers program. A seed was planted there and Community Renewal has been helping to nourish that dream ever since.

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I want the world to know there is hope!

My life started off having a terrible childhood. My dad went to prison when I was 4 and remained in prison throughout my childhood. I got put in foster care at the age of 13. Then I got abducted and raped, after a year of being in foster care, while walking to a friend’s house.

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Everyone Deserves a Second Chance

Sometimes it’s difficult to measure the success of what we do at Community Renewal. After an incident in Allendale, Emmitt Welch, Community Coordinator Allendale Youth, was able to see how effective our program is to those who are impacted the most by it.

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