Meet LaSherrica Burkes

Meet LaSherrica Burkes

LaSherrica Burkes has been attending the Allendale Friendship House after-school programs for the past five years. “I like the environment,” said LaSherrica. “It’s safe. Not only do you come here to meet new people, but you learn about God too.” The picture above is from a service project the Operation H.O.P.E. youth had before the Christmas break. LaSherrica and many other CRI youth went door-to-door passing out candy canes and giving blankets to the elderly neighbors in Allendale. Not only does Community Renewal improve the lives of children and youth in our target areas, but CRI also helps them improve the lives of others by giving back. With your prayers and support, children and youth like LaSherrica are able to be part of creating a safe and caring...
A Brand New Woman

A Brand New Woman

A Brand New Woman Pam Morgan Pam Morgan walked the streets of Shreveport’s Allendale neighborhood, searching for drugs, seeking the next high that would deaden the open wounds in her life. “I started partying seven days a week to escape the pain of losing my Mom. And I was in an abusive relationship and the last two years were a living hell,” Pam says. “I had no hope at all because my Mom was my backbone. After she passed, everything went blank and I felt very helpless. I was just getting myself in more trouble, making things worse and making more pain.” But like a flower that looks dead in the winter, only to revive again in the spring, Pam came to life out of the darkest and harshest of seasons – thanks to the outreach of Community Renewal International. Today, the woman who had no hope gives hope to others. The woman who felt so helpless goes out of her way to help those she once ignored. “I met a lady by the name of Jewel Mariner,” Pam says. “It turned out that Mrs. Mariner was with Community Renewal International. With her help and encouragement, I was able to achieve many things.” Jewel, an CRI community coordinator for Allendale, says that even in her carousing, Pam still wanted the best for her four children and wanted to be a good mother for them. After she found friends in CRI, she became that – and much more. “She looked like a dead-end hopeless case and now she’s our neighborhood ambassador. She’s been transformed,” Jewel says. “If you have a...