‘Rooftop Pastor’ Corey Brooks raises M to begin demolition for new Woodlawn community center

‘Rooftop Pastor’ Corey Brooks raises $18M to begin demolition for new Woodlawn community center

CHICAGO (TOC) — It is out with the outdated and in with the brand new for a Chicago man on a mission.

Demolition is underway for a brand new neighborhood heart within the Woodlawn neighborhood. It is the brain-child of Pastor Corey Brooks, who’s been camped out on a rooftop to lift cash for it.

Crews are busy tearing down a constructing on the location the place Pastor Corey Brooks plans to construct a youth heart. He says it is going to be a spot to maintain children off the streets and away from the violence and crime that plagues the neighborhood.

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When he was youthful, Varney Voker ran these streets, making tens of 1000’s of {dollars} a day promoting medication. He additionally spent 17 years of his life behind bars earlier than Pastor Brooks helped steer him in one other path.

“He took me and he confirmed me how I tore down the neighborhood,” Voker stated. “He confirmed me folks on the nook excessive on medication.”

Voker is an instance of what Pastor Brooks says he is making an attempt to do on a wider scale with the youth heart. He has been on this rooftop since final November, elevating cash to construct the middle. He is introduced in additional than $18 million thus far and the demolition is a crucial benchmark.

“To get to the purpose the place we knocked that down, I am unable to even clarify how good it makes me really feel,” Brooks stated.

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Brooks has stayed on the roof by the frigid temperatures of winter, the acute summer season warmth, and thru rainstorms, like what got here moments after our interview. He sleeps in a tent each evening, and he admits it is getting outdated. However he says he stays dedicated to his purpose of constructing the middle debt free.

“I nonetheless really feel like we’ve not scratched the floor,” Brooks stated. “There are such a lot of individuals who do not know what we’re making an attempt to perform and why it is so necessary.”

Pastor Brooks says he is passing a number of the time on the rooftop engaged on a e-book about his experiences and the way he has spent months occupying this 80 by 20 foot area, all based on his religion that it is what he is been known as to do. He says Varney Voker resides proof.

“It will make a serious distinction,” Brooks stated. “It can give children throughout a spot to go to.”

Pastor Brooks stated it is necessary that individuals see they’re making progress as he works towards his fundraising end line. He nonetheless wants to lift greater than $16 million.

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