Compton Coalition cleans up District 1
The Initiative made a 40-year commitment to the city, and partners with churches, businesses and residents to fulfill its goals.
“We prayed with our homeowner,” Faith Inspiration Church Assistant Pastor Barby Saundys said. “The church reaches beyond its four walls and delivers the word of God through our efforts.”
Safety plays a key role in the initiative’s success, and Angel Brown made sure no accidents occurred at her location.
“I make sure someone stands at the bottom of each ladder,” she said. “We do not scrape overhead, and if someone gets hot and tired, I make sure they stay hydrated and rested on such a hot day.”
“There are always new volunteers from outside our community,” she said. “People from different walks of life all come together, and we talk, laugh and have a great time.”
The door remains open to all comers, Brown said, regardless of their history.
“I had my problems growing up, so I understand the struggles young people face,” she said. “We offer refuge from the wrong side of the street.”
Homeowner Rico Munoz was all smiles as his house received tender loving care from the group, and he could not believe how marvelous it turned out.
The work inspires Maribel Munoz, and she plans on paying it forward.
“My family is going to start attending church and volunteering,” she said.
The effort involves more than just paint.
“I came over from Lakewood, and enjoy doing cleanup and landscaping,” Cory Halbardier said. “All of my experiences during my five years with the initiative have been positive, and we always enjoy the work.”
Future Pastor Matt Cianfrani has reached out to communities in Guatemala, but enjoys helping local communities.
Faith Inspirational Church teams up with local block clubs, Rod Brown said, and each group picks two deserving residents.
“Block club captains know the backstory behind each family and make the appropriate decisions,” he said. “After that I select two homes, making sure there is no favoritism.”
Councilwoman Janna Zurita called the event a blessing.
“Everyone wins when we work together and pool resources,” she said. “The city provided support staff and removed refuse, the Compton Unified School District donated paint for our schools, and our faith based organizations and community volunteers offered their hearts and hands for the benefit of the entire community.”
For more information about the Compton Initiative call 562-817-0822, or visit justdogood.org.