Bethlehem Center Host South Chattanooga's First Ever Community Empowerment Festival

Reported by: Shawn Lanier
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Updated: 4/28 1:01 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) a few Chattanooga communities took the time to plan their own event to showcase the good in the city.

The Bethlehem Center hosted Chattanooga's first ever Community Empowerment Festival.
It was aimed to empower residents with tools for success in hopes that they will impact the city in a positive way while having fun.

Resident of Alton Park Rosemary Porter is happy to see everyone come together especially the kids.

"They get a chance to enjoy and get together and do some fun stuff together for a chance,” said Porter. “It would be [so] much fun for them to get their faces painted ride bicycles and eat cotton candy.”

They had it all from financial information for college, and also a mini health area.

Organizer Brain Allen said it’s time that the Alton Park community comes out to show it's not all about crime and violence.

Allen said, "In some neighborhoods you can't even go and have this kind of event because you're worried about the violence, the gang violence, or the drug sales and stuff like that, but now I think it's a lot of good things that go on [on] the Southside of Chattanooga here in the Alton Park area but a lot of people don't showcase that. So we want to showcase the good things that are going on here."

They want to Promote good and that’s captured the attention of those all over Chattanooga.
The Bethlehem Center attracted volunteer Laura Harris all the way from Hixon.

"This place absolutely stole our hearts because they love their kids, they are so involved with them, they know them all they care about them,” said Harris.

This wasn't the only community empowerment event that was going on Saturday. The East Village United Methodist Church hosted a prayer vigil,

Preachers and the community came together hand in hand to both educate people and redirect attention for the Nazi-Rally in downtown Chattanooga.

All together making a citywide effort to make Chattanooga a better place

"So if we can get the organizations the churches, the City of Chattanooga to come together and invest in this community a lot of good things will come out of this community,” said Allen

Alton Park residents say they want to prove there is a lot of good that goes on in their neighborhood, and say events like these help.
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