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Rooftop Pastor Hits the Pavement

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



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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.

    Demolition Begins on 'Rooftop Pastor' Motel in Chicago

    [CHI] 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.
    (Published Monday, March 19, 2012)

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