Inner-city community won't be defined by violence

Community will not be defined by violence

SAN ANTONIO -- A teenager claimed a clown scare turned into a real threat, and now San Antonio police are looking for an armed man on the west side.

A 14-year-old who was home alone told police a man wearing a clown mask came into his house through an unlocked door around 8:30 Friday night in the 300 block of San Carlos.

The teen claimed the masked man pointed a gun at him.

He said the masked man tried to shoot him, twice, but the gun jammed both times.

The teen said he ran to a neighbor's home for help and the intruder ran away before police arrived.

 

As disturbing as that clown incident seems, the event does not define the neighborhood.

Just one short block away, there is a non-profit organization that has been fighting crime by building community since 1968.

Inner City Development offers many services in a complex of modest but immaculate buildings in the 1300 block of Chihuahua Street, adjacent to the Alazan-Apache Public Housing Project.

"This is a beautiful place to live.  I love my community. I've lived here all my life and I've been involved with Inner City for almost 30 years and a lot of good comes out of here a lot of good people come out of here," said Rose, a long-time volunteer.

From their playground to their park-like grounds, to the basketball court next door, Inner City Development scores.

"This is a great place, with the summer program for the kids and we have that sack lunch for the homeless.  We have our emergency food pantry. We have the emergency clothing for people," Rose said.

There are tutoring programs, after-school reading help, and job-training assistance. Art work brightens almost every surface around the complex and murals line the streets outside.  

Every holiday season, the group sells new toys to neighbors at extremely low prices so that parents may choose what they want to give their own children.

"I've always said it's not where you live. It's how you live," Rose said.

For more information, you can visit the Inner City Development’s website http://www.innercitydevelopment.org/.

(© 2016 KENS)


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