Building On Hope Walk 2006

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

August 24, 2006

Residents of three Charlottesville neighborhoods want to let criminals know they are not welcome around their homes. Helping them out are people you might not expect.

"Vincent 20 years ago was a wild kid, and running the streets of Charlottesville, and getting into a lot of things, said Vincent Richardson.

The entire town knew the kid, now 40 years old, because trouble was always around him. Vincent Richardson is now a father of two and a salesman at a local car dealership. Now he is making deals with kids in the community.

"They deserve the right to know there are other things in life, and in Charlottesville as being looked at as undesirable," added Richardson.

Undesirable kids sometime grow up to be undesirable adults. Neighbors in the Fifeville, Prospect, and Westhaven communities are building on hope with a walk this weekend.

"It's a neighborhood function. It does not have anything to do with a police matter, or a city matter. It's all about the neighborhood coming together, and having unity in their neighborhoods," said Charlottesville Police Officer Garland Mills.

In its second year, the building on hope walk, will be bigger and better. Many believe because of people like Vincent Richardson.

"They are going to talk about way things used to be, and the way things are now, and the way people should act," added Officer Mills.

Able to talk the talk 20 years ago, they will now walk the walk while making a big splash in the community.

"When ever there is a flood, one rain drop has to fall before the water ever gets to the ground, so this is going to be the first rain drop before the flood," added Richardson.

The Charlottesville Police Department has leased school buses from city schools to provide transportation for the event. Buses will run from 5:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.and 8:00p.m. until everyone is gone in the neighborhoods of Prospect, Fifeville, and Westhaven.

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