One neighborhood is getting a makeover; World Changers

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 8:10pm

An entire Baton Rouge neighborhood is getting a makeover for free. More than 175 students from across the south are spending one of their last weeks of freedom in Baton Rouge to help out.

Jaubert Ambeau, Jr. has lived in Baton Rouge for over 30 years, and he said having these students from World Changers come in to help him is heaven-sent.

"I feel so good because it's something I've never seen before in this neighborhood," Ambeau said. "I feel good because you know because I never have that many people around me. I feel like their angels all around the house."

Ambeau's been in a wheelchair for years. He has survived two heart attacks and a car accident, and he said he is just thankful for the help.

"That's beautiful. I couldn't say nothing about it because it's got me all excited," Ambeau said.

Over a hundred teenaged volunteers are revamping 18 homes just off South Foster in Baton Rouge, and the teens are excited to help out too.

Danielle Williams is from Baker, Florida and Ben Long is from Houston, Texas. They said when this opportunity came, they jumped on it.

"We were going to have to sleep on the floor, and we were not going to complain," Williams said. "We were going to serve others and not to be served."

"So I joined seeing how it would be like and see what I could experience and learn from it," Long said.

The students will be here until the end of the week. They will be working on a variety of assignments from painting houses to building wheelchair ramps.

World Changers partners with the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge, Mayor's Office, the Mayor's Project Office, and the City-Parish Office of Community Development.   

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