NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A man who grew up in the Rose City neighborhood is hoping he can make a difference in the community.
Pastor Ryan Summons says on cold days he’s noticed more and more people sleeping outside.
In November, he started repairing the vacant Rose City Elementary building hoping to spark change.
Summons used to walk the halls of the school as a student.
Now, he has big plans for the building.
“It’s going to be the lighthouse of the community. It’s going to be a place where they can come and get transformed,” Summons said.
He is working to restore the building so it can house the current Greater Love Community Church, provide shelter for the homeless and help anyone in need.
“If you are hungry you can be fed. If you need a job we can help you find jobs,” Summons said.
Another important part of the building is what’s outside - a basketball court and playground.
Summons said there weren’t enough things to do for children in the neighborhood when he as a child.
“I think if we put books in their hands and activities around them then they will be able to do things positive for society and I think it will drop crime in this area a whole lot when there’s somebody that cares and knows that their best interest is at heart,” Summons said.
Currently, members of the church are working to repair the building.
Summons is asking the community to join forces to make the project great.
“We just need people to come out and donate their time and their efforts and their finances as well to make sure this happens,” Summons said.
His goal is to raise $10,000 dollars to get the building up to code by the end of March.
If you’re interested in helping, Summons says you can contact him here: https://www.facebook.com/minryan.summons