Building Bridges in Macon County: January 16

Twenty-five Macon County eleventh grade students are part of a mentoring program with ten Auburn University students and graduate assistant Raven Conwell.  The project is funded in part by the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the work these students do together revolves around workplace and college readiness.  


In honor of the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Remembrance, several students in our program spent a morning working with other Macon County citizens making contributions to two important community projects that will have significant value.


Students raked and cleaned a site on Geneva Street that will one day become a transitional housing site for homeless individuals and families.  Rev. Rondey Thornton and Divine Inspiration Ministries is working to renovate, rehabilitate, and make useful this vacant set of apartments for veterans and others who need housing.  “We have to take our streets back one at a time,” says Rev. Thornton, and this project will turn a lifeless asset into a temporary home for those who need it.


Students also worked at the Tuskegee Ministerial Association’s food bank project site on Daly Street.  Tuskegee Public Housing has allowed the Tuskegee Ministerial Association to lease the building that formerly housed a daycare center.  Students painted one hallway and helped clean out old files (and we found a picture of students and teachers from the early 1970s!).  When completed, the food bank will be used to organize food distributions, and they will have adequate space to install shelving for recipients to “shop” for food. “A market or store experience restores dignity to people who in need, and we believe this project will make a significant contribution to our community,” says Rev. K. G. Jones of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.




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