…Ed was abandoned by his parents at a young age. In this difficult and completely uncertain time of life, Ed found Straight Street. He found a place where he could go and find love as well as hope for a better future. Straight Street provided the guidance and tools to make himself and his life different. He found the straight path to live a life God would want him to live; to break away from the trajectory his life had taken so far. “I was stressing for love. Straight Street opened their arms to me and gave me something that no one else could. They gave me faith. They gave me empowerment. They gave me baptism. If you’re looking for somewhere to go, as a young adult, Straight Street is the place to be.” Ed met a young woman named Brenisha at Straight Street who would later become his wife. Together they have two beautiful children Brenisha takes care of while Ed works a full-time job. At 30 years old, they are still going strong. Ed and Bernisha are the exception to society’s rules that say where you come from is where you will end up. The rules say pain, abandonment, and broken families only lead to more. God says otherwise.
Straight Street is our local mission field. It was birthed out of gang violence, and is creating change in the lives of young people in our community.
The mission and purpose of Straight Street is to provide a SAFE Christian environment where “at-risk” youth can obtain the necessary skills and training needed to mature and discover God’s divine plan for their lives.
For our purposes, an “at-risk” youth is a young person between the ages of 11 and 18 years old who is behaving in such a way that if a caring adult does not step into their life with some help, there is a high likelihood they will hurt themselves or someone else.