Sharon and Larry Adams are doing what they can to help their community by working in the Milwaukee neighborhood, Lindsay Heights, where Sharon grew up. Larry came to the neighbourhood as an electrician to work for Sharon, but that didn’t last long as they fell in love. However, Larry’s work in the neighborhood, which had been blighted by riots, was far from complete. The two decided to take action when they spied the flickering lights of crack pipes on New Year’s Eve approximately two decades ago. “I asked you to fix it,” Sharon said to Larry.
And fix it they did. With the help of hard work and donations, the couple has now restored more than 100 homes over the past two decades: They’ve even planted gardens, and a peach orchard. And the homes are not the only thing that has been restored; so has hope for the area. Making the neighborhood look more livable is attracting businesses to the neighborhood, which in 2015 opened its first restaurant, a juice bar. It’s also building up the people.
Henry Hopkins once dreamed of being the biggest drug dealer in the neighborhood — but now, he runs a landscaping crew run by the Adamses to beautify the blocks. “Every day, they’re pushing me,” Hopkins said. Larry tells him “he got plans for me, you know?” Now, he said that he plans to start his own business. Darius Wade hopes to make his neighborhood safer by becoming a police officer. “I want to show that you can grow up in this area and still make it out and be somebody,” he said.
It took time, and hard work, dedication and love. But two people helped to turn a community around. Should you wish more inspiration you can find it in your Good News Story of the Day here. This work didn’t begin with them nor do they think it will end with them, but they have done their part. That is all anyone can do.
Story and Image from CBS News.