Rooftop Revelations: South Side Chicago success story returns to the hood to help others down a better path

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CHICAGO – One of the difficult things about ministering in an impoverished community like the South Side of Chicago is that many individuals who develop themselves into somebodies and make it out into the larger world often do not return. Pastor Corey Brooks always sees these young men and women off into the world with a proud smile. Their successes validate the character-building and developmental work done by his Project H.O.O.D. community center. At the same time, the difficulty of the situation lies in the fact that when a success story leaves, the community loses a role model and the social capital that comes with such a person. 

Brian Alexander stands as an exception to that rule. Now a tall man with an easy smile and an affable personality, he used to be one of the many kids that walked these streets. He found success in the larger world and returned to his old neighborhood to show the new generation pathways to success. 

On the 48th night of his 100-day rooftop vigil to build a community center designed to transform lives, Brooks reunited with his old mentee for a chat by the campfire. 

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