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Volunteers cleaning up previous drug homes to create safer neighborhood

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Coats of fresh paint blanket three old homes on Forsythe Street in Augusta's Olde Town neighborhood.

"These were drug homes, drugs were coming into the houses for drug dealers, up and down this street there were prostitutes walking up and down, very unsafe street," said Stephen Pittman the Director of Hope for Augusta's After School Tutoring and Education Program.

To resolve the problems on the street, several Olde Town homeowners bought the houses; and Wednesday 30 volunteers cleaned up the homes in order to clean up the street.

The homes receiving a new look have new owners and the folks behind the hard work hope it will help fix the previous problems.  

"For this area to be a family friendly place for young families, single people, whoever can move in and feel safe and feel like this is a community again. And not have to worry about drugs or things like that and that's our vision for this street," Pittman, said.

Pittman's vision is one Hope for Augusta has for the rest of Olde Town too.

The dozens of volunteers from First Presbyterian and Olde Town working Wednesday were motivated to pick up paint brushes for the same cause.

"It's Jesus Christ; the change that he makes in our lives, in our hearts is what He does in communities as well. So these homes being beautified are a picture of the gospel and of what Christ has done for us," said Pittman.

"It feels good when people can come together for a community and help out and beautify a neighborhood and make the environment better," said Olde Town resident, Kimble Joyner.

And for the 400 block of Forsythe Street it starts with one brush stroke at a time.

If you'd like to be a part of the cleanup of the homes you can join Hope for Augusta on the 400 block of Forsythe Street Thursday from 10 am - 3 pm and Friday from 10 am - 12:30 pm.

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