PAINT THE TOWN
*Article content sourced from the Compton Initiative Website*
The City of Compton has long been known for Violence and Gang Activity. However, Deed and Truth, along with almost 2000 people from churches far and wide are doing something to change that reputation.
In 2005, Compton reached its highest murder rate in ten years and ranked among the most dangerous cities in the United States for its thirtieth year. The city epitomized a failed society and was known around the world for its images of gang violence, social disorder and urban blight.
The Compton Initiative, a non-profit organization, was founded in 2006 with a 40-year commitment to restore the City of Compton by painting homes, schools and churches on quarterly workdays in partnership with individual volunteers and other organizations.
Starting with a small group of volunteers eager to show Christ’s love and inspire hope, it’s grown to thousands of caring workers of all ages and backgrounds who serve across the city.
The Compton Initiative connected with community leaders and residents who were ready for change, knowing Compton will prosper when the community and neighboring cities join together to make a difference in the name of Jesus.
This is a unified long-term commitment to paint homes, schools and churches across the city at no cost to property owners.
The primary activity of the Compton Initiative is the quarterly workday, when large numbers of volunteers are matched up with 20-25 prepared work sites. Each event includes painting, debris removal, yard work and graffiti removal at homes, schools, churches and public spaces.
To date, the Initiative has beautified over 573 homes, 372 buildings at 30 schools, 35 church buildings, 31 public spaces, 2 medical clinics and 134 murals.
With each beautification event, grateful residents marvel as their homes go from dull to vibrant in just a few hours, and astonished students return to freshly painted schools and a new sense of pride.
Will you consider coming next Saturday, January 26 to join our team of men from the Union Rescue Mission and Hope in Christ Church in Compton? Bring your whole family. Bring your small group. Bring that acquaintance from the office who needs to see Christianity in action.
Mark these Saturday Initiative dates on your calendar:
January 26 / April 13 / July 20 / October 19
To join our team call Pastor Dan @ 949-310-1261 for the details.
– Pastor Dan