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Protecting Kids From Mean Streets
Joint Effort Works to Change Neighborhoods One Child at A Time
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Mesquite/Pleasant Grove- The best way to take a bite out of juvenile crime is to get kids off the streets and away from the negative influences that attract them to bad behaviors.
That is why Community Outreach Project Services co-founder Tim Roberson and Akbar 3000 have joined forces to make a difference in Pleasant Grove, Balch Springs and Mesquite.
The communities are plagued with high incidents of juvenile crime and drug and gang activity.
“We are interested in building bridges and getting things done,” Roberson said. “We must reach our youth because once the street grabs them, it is very hard to get them back.”
Community Outreach Project Services is a nonprofit organization that was started in 2006 by Tim and Angela Roberson.
It is a faith-based organization that strives to make a difference in the community with a goal to provide a place where kids and adults can receive tutoring, mentoring, job training, computer skills, and financial assistance.
“Our purpose is established is to inspire youth and the communities surrounding them,” he said. “We want to provide community clean-up, can food drives, toy drives as well as other community projects and inspire those throughout the community to reach their highest potential by providing stimulating activities that will encourage them, to seek better revenues and outlets as opposed to destructive behavior.”
The organization also encourages children to return daily and attend motivating classes such as computer training, abstinence, drug prevention classes, tutoring and family assistance, counseling, job placement, financial aid and scholarship information, as well as other educational classes.
Other parts of the program provide an atmosphere conducive for uplifting self-esteem and direction to reach their goal there by creating an ending result of a stronger community, setting family foundations and training productive citizens.
According to Roberson, the mission of this program is to change lives step by step, showing people that you can overcome any situation that you may be facing.
Akbar, who is Muslim, said the joint effort with Roberson, who is Christian, will not only help break down barriers, but also show the common interest all have in making communities the best they can be.
“This will bring us together,” Akbar said. “This is vital to the community because it is all about taking back our communities, saving youth and helping our kids be ready for their futures”
Both are involved in encouraging school attendance and working to provide school supplies to needy children in the three communities.
Roberson also assists the community using three other efforts funded by donation. They are:
- The Susan Hannaford Fund - A fund that provides help with prescriptions, medical bills and other health issues.
- The Community Outreach Project Services Scholarship Fund - A fund established to lend a helping, encouraging hand to the youth in our community. The purpose of this scholarship will be to aide seniors in high school on their journey to college.
- The Christmas Angel Fund - During the holiday’s stress that is put on parents to give their child a Christmas. C.O.P.S. works to alleviate some of this stress by providing gifts to the children.
For more information about C.O.P.S, write Roberson at P.O. 852338
Mesquite, Texas 75185 or call: 972/603-5929
He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org