New Program Reforms Drug-Torn Neighborhood

"Working makes me feel good," Hairston said of his new job at a local community center for the elderly, where he works as a janitor. "'Cause I always say, the more you do, the more you're able to do."

As for Tindall, she now works in her first-ever full-time job with benefits.

The High Point Initiative has been successful in eight other cities across the country -- so successful that the Department of Justice has authorized funding for 10 additional towns to sign on. It may take several more months before the success of the program in the village of Hempstead can be fully measured, but so far, things look hopeful.

Two of the dealers from Terrace and Bedell have been arrested for single crimes committed after joining the program. The district attorney's office needs more resources to successfully run the program, and, most importantly, they need jobs for the reformed dealers.

Now, several months after the community came together to rid their neighborhood of crime, the streets of Hempstead are hardly recognizable.

"I think Terrace looks a lot different today than it's looked in a long time," said Eddison Bramble, president of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., a group that seeks to improve quality of life and educational opportunities for African Americans. "It looks beautiful -- people seem happier and more comfortable walking down the street."

In a place where drug deals once overwhelmed the community, kids are now outside playing. And for the first time in a long time, the residents have something to be hopeful about.

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