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When good people say no more to bad influences in their neighborhood.
Friday, September 20, 2013
It was a sight to warm the soul last Saturday when members of a half-dozen Northwest Roanoke churches joined the forces of good seeking to reclaim Melrose from the seedy drug dealers and crime purveyors who have sowed their rot.
Until then, the Roanoke Police Department’s Drug Initiative Market — which enjoyed marked success in Hurt Park — looked as though it would gain just marginal traction in the Melrose neighborhood. While church and community leaders from outside the neighborhood had hosted previous prayer walks, those within the neighborhood were slower to embrace the movement.
Now that they have, may their faith carry them in communion with their neighbors to rebuild the community they deserve. Having the courage to confront the problems, the wisdom to figure out how to counter them and the willpower to carry through will be needed.
It appears leaders within the community now are ready to step up and begin to address the underlying issues that come with a poorly educated, transient population and children with too little supervision and guidance.
Nurturing children seems as good a place as any to cure the rot within the neighborhood that entraps youth before they can know of any better life.
Others, outside the neighborhood, stand ready to help, but reclaiming a neighborhood must come from within.
Good, now, to see Melrose stands a chance.
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