Hello everyone. I wanted to take a moment to share this story with you. As I have mentioned before the St. Charles group has
It was a sight to see! In a cafeteria like setting, for 2 1/2 hours, I watched the young men and young ladies "hustle", cleaning up empty trays, refilling watcher pitchers and listened to them, with the utmost respect, address homeless men as sir. Afterwards, I offered to take the kids for some ice cream and while driving they discussed "how good it felt to do something good for others", "that today was a good day" and how "they never imagined that they would be doing this with GRASP and that it's not just a hangout spot anymore", "that they are actually doing for their community" , that "it may just be us (referring to the fact that only about 7-10 come regularly now) but we're committed, we're out here doin stuff". They were so excited and just can't wait to do it again. (But wait, that's not the best part)
"Permission walls" help create a canvas for managing graffiti
The exterior walls of a one-time Denver lumberyard have become a legal canvas for graffiti artists to spray-paint their creations with the owners' blessing.
At least four of the buildings that made up Kroonenberg Lumberyards on West Jewell Avenue between South Acoma and South Bannock streets are now "permission walls" where graffiti is encouraged.
"There has been a lot of gang-banger graffiti over there, so to prevent that, we have had some people come and do more artistic stuff," said Steven Cook, one of the property owners.
Attractive to property owners because they help prevent unwanted graffiti on other parts of a business, permission walls have become popular in cities across the country in recent years.
Nonprofit group helps tattoos, former gang life fade away
The laser clicked and pulsed, pounding the tattooed gang initials that mark Lexi's arm, bringing her a step closer to a fresh start.
Once a member of the Crenshaw Mafia Gang Bloods, the Commerce City 14-year-old now wants to leave that life behind. Gazing at the patch of fading green ink on her arm, she said, "I get happy when I see it."
She is one of about 40 former gang members who will have gang tattoos removed this year through a program run by the nonprofit Gang Rescue and Support Project, or GRASP.
Nonprofit group helps tattoos, former gang life fade away - The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_17277022#ixzz1D4goOHJj