Hope in the Hood
Amazon review by David Lawrence Jr. Coral Gables, Florida: The beauty of life is this: One person can make such a difference for another. That is the Colleen Adams story, told in the new book, “Hope in the Hood.” A road map to a life of illuminating example, this book is the story of a giver, a do-er and a teacher of life’s most important lessons. Each of us can learn from her life and the stories she tells. Those stories reveal the pain and the promise in so many young lives. Colleen Adams has turned her own pain into purposefulness for others. So, too, do those teenagers and young adults. This book ratifies the reasons each of us can be hopeful and optimistic.
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Imagine a world where children’s role models are drug addicts and criminals. Where attending funerals of their friends seems as commonplace as hanging out at the mall and taking out the trash might result in being shot to death. Where electricity and functional plumbing aren’t guaranteed.
Is this some war-torn country or maybe a struggling third–world nation? No. Such is the life of poverty-stricken inner city AMERICA.
By stark contrast, Colleen Adams hailed from the racially segregated south in the 1940’s and climbed her way to the elite end of the social scale. But after accomplishing hollow success as a fashion and publishing marketing executive, Colleen heeded her life’s calling to tackle the hopelessness and despair of disenfranchised inner-city young men. But could one person provide the means for youth from the most crime-ridden and poverty-stricken neighborhoods to actually achieve the American Dream?
With incredible insight and determination, Colleen carved an innovative path of hope through Empowered Youth USA, but was ultimately forced to choose between the young men she had come to love and the financial security of her lucrative career. Would she turn her back on the boys she had grown to love?
Hope in the Hood is the inspiring true story of one woman’s improbable dream to carve a perpetual path to a brighter future for struggling inner city young men. Author Shirley Alarie conveys the raw and emotional struggles and successes through the voices of the young men, and the magic as seen through their mentors and judicial system experts.
Hope in the Hood is a beautiful reminder that one drop, even in the ocean, creates an expanding ripple.
Hope in the Hood is the third installment of Shirley Alarie’s Lemons to Lemonade series of inspirational nonfiction novels.
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