A Brothel Redeemed
Every day, our property sings of restoration and transformation. Hammers strike nails, drills spin with excitement, and the local radio redundantly blares “Hello” by Adele. Laughter and conversation echo from the construction site as the workers tackle their daily tasks. It’s absolutely crazy to ponder the fact that where there was once a brothel, a Community Outreach and Training Center stands in it’s place. Let that marinate in your mind for a second. A brothel, a place infected with darkness, hurt, and despair is now a place where dreams are to be ignited and children to be believed in. If that doesn’t bring goose bumps to your skin, then I don’t know what will.
When the cement was first being poured, one of our staff members heard muffled sniffles from one of the construction workers. Concerned, he asked him if he was okay. His response was and will always be a reminder of why we do what we do. With tears in his eyes, the worker pointed to one of the apartments and explained his story. What is now housing for our staff members was once this man’s home. He explained how as a child, the darkness around him would force him to stay inside. He spoke of times when Ohai Street lurked with crime, violence, drugs, and explicit behavior. How incredible is that? A man who once witnessed the history of our neighborhood, was blessed with the opportunity to lay down a new foundation in more ways than one.
As of today, the COTC stands vibrantly. It’s bold burnt-orange hue protests to not drown in the sameness of it’s surrounding grey cement neighbors. The color itself resembles the restored, redeemed, the free, and the ignition of dreams. From the inside out, the building is coming together. Electrical boxes are being installed, plumbing is being roughed in, and the doors are being placed. With the help of incredible construction companies and volunteers, the building is coming to life.
So what’s next? Here is your call to action. Leave a legacy by purchasing a brick or make a donation for more progress to be made. With your help, we can transform this city.