Parents refuse to send children to Baton Rouge for youth ministries after protests

Parents refuse to send children to Baton Rouge for youth ministries after protests

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Some may say Baton Rouge is the most divided it has ever been, but there is one group that's using this time to pull together to help others.

Revive 225 started at the First United Methodist Church in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge and helps homeowners in roughly a three-mile radius from the church. The non-profit group that uses teen volunteers to help those who need home improvements, but cannot afford them. 

"It's my grandmother's house and we've been living here for the past 35 years now," said Markeisha Miles, whose home is being repaired currently by Revive 225 volunteers.

Miles said her grandmother needed a new roof and the ceiling had been leaking.

Revive 225 depends solely on volunteers and with the past weekend full of protests, some other homeowners are having to wait on repairs because Revive 225's director Alex Byo said the parents of 60 teens from neighboring states who were supposed to head to Baton Rouge to help, backed out because of all the current unrest in Baton Rouge.

"These are high school students from Alabama, Texas and Florida who had planned on coming here to do their mission trip for the summer as part of their young ministries at their Methodist churches respectably," said Byo.

So on Sunday, the pastor reached out to the congregation saying they needed some help and instead of 60 out-of-state volunteers, they had 80 people from Baton Rouge step up and volunteer.

"This was what I needed to do. In church, I felt the calling to come and do this and here I am. It doesn't matter how hot it gets," said volunteer Lynn Peairs.

"We like to help people and I like to see people smiling. That makes my day," said Jeremiah Robinson, a twin who decided he wanted something to do in the summer and volunteered. "I rather work in the heat than not get the job done ma'am. We like getting the job done."

"We want someone to have their dream house and we're going to fix it for them. There's not going to any more water leaks. It's going to be fantastic," said Robinson's twin Jeremain.

It's $4,000 worth of material going into the home on Kelvin Street in north Baton Rouge, not to mention how much labor would have cost. But out at the house, it's not a person's race or gender that matters. It's a mission being accomplished when united.

"There are other people that are black that see me and they don't see just a white guy. It's a guy that's out here helping," said Peairs.

"I just want to say thank you and it's greatly appreciated from me and my grandmother," said Miles.

Revive225's website has an application where people can go and fill out an application if they need a home renovation or just go to the church and fill out a form.

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