Local homeowners association gives four residents new roofs
POSTED: Friday, May 23, 2014 - 3:17pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 3:22pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Some homeowners in Baton Rouge have new roofs. It's all part of a local pastor's continued efforts to help clean up his neighborhood.
"At night you hear gunshots," said homeowner Leonard Jackson.
Jackson said it's something people who live in the Glen Oaks West area are used to.
"There is a lot of crime that needs to be addressed in this area," Jackson said.
That's what Pastor Donald Hunter and the Glen Oaks West Homeowners Association are trying to tackle, and Hunter said it all starts with Jackson's roof.
"Crime prevention through environmental control, the more you invest in your environment, the more you keep it up, the less crime will take place," Hunter said.
Jackson has lived in this house for 12 years, and for the past six years, she hasn't had stable roof.
"During the storm, there was a blue tarp on the roof, and it came up in our meeting of the association. This was the first recommended house," Hunter said. "I came over and spoke with her about it, and she was really happy about the fact that we would want to invest in her home."
"Thanks to Reverend Hunter for coming by, speaking with me and selecting my home to be one to help," Jackson said.
But hunter said he couldn't do this without some help. The Chapel at LSU donated $25,000, and Premier South Roofing provided their services.
"We met Donald, and he's in the process of doing that changing lives and transforming communities. So we decided to help him and he's working in this neighborhood," said Kevin McKee, Head Pastor of Chapel at LSU.
"It may be just a roof here, or a garden there, or a clean yard, but it's the little things that'll make the biggest difference for a lot of the homeowners," Jenny Johansen of Premier South Roofing.
Jackson said her new roof is just the first step.
"It's very important for the community to come together and work with the association and help better the community as well as get rid of some of the crime," Jackson said.
But Hunter said it's a step in the right direction.
"It's a feeling of being re-energized. It's a feeling of renewing our hope and of fulfillment," Hunter said.
Pastor Hunter said the association's next step is to set up more than 100 street lights in the neighborhood.