Local Initiatives

Building And Sustaining A Solid Foundation Of Relationships

What would it be like if a city full of diversity could really be connected? What would it be like if every neighborhood block in a city was connected through caring and friendship? What would it be like if a city was a place where every single child could grow up safe and loved? That is our hope and goal for Shreveport – Bossier City!

Community Renewal International was birthed in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1994. In this metro area of approximately 300,000 people, as in most cities, you will find a wide array of socio-economic class, race, religion, and diversity.  CRI’s local mission is to help transform a city into a safe, connected and caring community. A community where every citizen feels a sense of belonging, connection and purpose!

All of Community Renewal’s programs are designed to build and sustain a solid foundation of relationships, on which we believe everything else in life and community stands. From these underlying principles, we focus on three primary initiatives – Renewal Team, Haven House and Friendship House. Remarkable results are occurring locally. Major crime is down over 45% in our 5 Friendship House target areas; over 1,300 Haven House neighborhood block leaders have been trained and over 50,000 people have joined the “We Care” Renewal Team.  People from all walks of life are connecting, discovering new meaning and purpose, and working together for a better community. There’s something happening here! Come and see! Come and experience Community Renewal!