Rooftop Pastor Hits the Pavement

Pastor Brooks will be walking across America to raise $15 million.

By Shawna Hendrix
|  Friday, Apr 20, 2012  |  Updated 5:07 PM CDT
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Rev. Brooks Comes Down From Roof, Expresses Gratitude

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Demolition Begins on 'Rooftop Pastor' Motel in Chicago

Monday was demolition day for the abandoned south side motel where Pastor Corey Brooks held a three-month rooftop vigil. Brooks joined members of Project H.O.O.D. (Helping Others Obtain Destiny), pastors, college students and elected officials as they got started leveling the building to make room for a community center.

Rev. Brooks Comes Down From Roof, Expresses Gratitude

After camping atop a south side motel roof for more than three months, Pastor Corey Brooks on Friday evening boarded a scissor lift and was lowered to the street and greeted by a celebratory crowd. Brooks was on the roof for 94 days as part of a pledge to raise $450,000 to purchase the land and build a community center across from his New Beginnings Church in the 6600 block of South Martin Luther King Drive.
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Spending 94 days atop a motel roof was only part one of Pastor Corey Brooks’ plan to build a community center.  Now, he’s hitting the pavement.

The Pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago will be unveiling his “From the Rooftop to the Road” plan Sunday, in which he will walk across America in an effort to raise $15 million to fund the Project Hood Community Center in Woodlawn. 

This effort, combined with his over three-month long rooftop campout, is meant to bring awareness to the epidemic of gun violence in Chicago’s Woodlawn and Englewood areas. 

Brooks was able to raise $450,000 during his time on the roof, receiving a $100,000 donation from actor-director Tyler Perry.    But Project H.O.O.D. (Helping Others Obtain Destiny) is still $15 million short of their goal to build the center across the church.

The intended community center will feature mixed income housing, commercial spaces and the New Beginnings Church’s “Master Academy.”
 

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