A Day of Service in East Chattanooga

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 1/21/2013 6:45 pm
Reflected in this window are people doing a little reflecting of their own.

One volunteer adds, "More vibrance, life."

That is what they would like to see for Glass Street, a once thriving, but now run down part of East Chattanooga.

They picked Martin Luther King Junior Day to clean it up and make a statement.

Just like Martin Luther King Junior did with this quote.

It reads, "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

Teal Thibaud, with Glass House Collective, says, "The bones are here. It's just been vacant for quite some time, so we're trying to bring excitement and energy to show East Chattanooga, this can happen."

Glass House Collective, a local non-profit, is spear heading these efforts, and they are taking everyone along for the ride.

Justin Palmer, a student, adds, "I wanted to help make the community better, make Glass Street a little brighter than it is."

No, Glass Street is not that bright right now, but local organizations have been working for about a year to change that.

They want to breathe life back into this architecture from the 1920's.

Andy Berke, Chattanooga's Mayoral Candidate, says, "We gotta have a safe community, a place where there's true education and opportunity. When you do that you'll find both residents and businesses will be here."

Change is what these residents are staining into the fibers of the community, just like what Martin Luther King Junior did back in the 1960's.

Glass House Collective will be hosting another event on Glass Street February 23rd.

It is called Better Block.

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