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4th Annual Golf Sponsors
Philip Hood
Brandon Burroughs
Simmons Bank
Southern Bancorp Bank
AAA Business systems
Regions Bank

Trust Insurance Group
Dr. Bonnie Hatchett
Charlie Bruce
AR Association of Black Psychology Professionals
Rev. Ulysses Washington
Karyn Coleman

Bank of Ozarks
Lamar Outdoor
Rodney Hendrix
Melanie Hillard
Mays, Byrd & Associates
First Security

On October 27th , the 4th Annual Neighbors Building Communities Golf Tournament started with 18 excited teams. Unfortunately due to the inclement weather, our teams were not able to complete the tournament. Even though, the team did not complete the game of golf, they were presented a complimentary round of golf provided by the Country Club of Arkansas.

We'd like to say thank you to the players, volunteers, sponsors and all who teed up for our Golf Tournament. We could not have done it without your help. We appreciate your support and look forward to your ongoing support to next year.

At BCD, our mission is all about rebuilding lives and restoring communities. There is nothing more gratifying than knowing you are actually making a difference in the lives of individuals and seeing the impact of that change in the community. Rarely are we able to share those stories with you, but then something magical happens and you are able to see the glimmer of hope that is spread through the lives impacted by our program. 

Today we share the EmPowerment Story of Demetrius Kelly.

Memoirs of Recovery

B.B.C.D (Before BCD) Treatment
Before entering Hoover program, I was lost. I knew I was better than how I was living, but couldn't figure out how to change it. I was depressed, unmotivated, confused, etc. Things were happening that seemed out of my control. I was shot and kept catching charges. Then one day in jail I realized this can't be life. So instead of going back to the streets and drugs, I'd try rehab and along came a saint, Rev. Robinson, Executive Director.

Arriving at Hoover Treatment Center, I didn't know what to expect. Coming from jail and the streets, and feeling guarded, Rev. Robinson told me, I thought everybody was out to get me. Somehow, with all may rebelliousness, I made it through 30 days. During my 2nd month, I started to submit, take advice and open my mind to change. I started to gather my tools to life from my classes. From Hoover I got my self-esteem back, confidence, responsibility, and reliability. But it was the intangible lesson of perseverance, dedications, and good work ethic thanks to Rev. Robinson, Mr. Vick, and Mr. Larry. I was in the inpatient program for 4 months and long term treatment made all the difference in the world for me.

A. B. C. D. (After BCD)
After inpatient I moved to Will's House where I got acquainted with the staff, Ms. Mitchell and Monte. They were instrumental on pushing me to go to the next level. We got together and devised a plan for a routine schedule. I decided to go back to school to work towards my psychology degree. My days consisted of school in the mornings, working with Rev in the afternoon, helping setup for groups in evenings, and volunteering at the Watershed during my spare time. Little did I know, the groups at Hoover would translate and affect my college learning greatly. I was more focused, prompt, and thirsty for knowledge. My tenacity gave me a spot on the Dean's List, as well as an Associates of Arts, Associate of Science, and General Studies Degrees. Mrs. Bell, the Director of BCD, noticed my work ethic with Rev. Robinson and gave me a chance with inpatient guys. She gave me an opportunity to keep the Hoover tradition of helping and assisting new comers.

Hoover's spiritual aspect puts them/us ahead of the rest. They taught me how to put God first and everything will fall in line. With prayer and God's divine power, no obstacle is too big and no deed is too small. Hoover Church has allowed me to be an avid scripture reader, usher, and member. I recently attended the Black Methodist for Church Renewal with my Hoover family and was in a state of spiritual euphoria. Hoover always stays ahead of the curve with community events, programs, assistance, love, etc. It is not the beginning to an end but just the end of the beginning.

Thanks Hoover for everything.

Demetrius Kelly

$40,000 Challenge
Greetings Community Changers!

Help expand and enhance our existing programs and services. We are looking for community changers who want to make a difference in the lives of low-income, under-served communities.

From now until the end of the year, a generous donor will match your donation up to $40,000 in our Double Double Campaign. The process is simple as 123. 1) You give, 2) They match, 3) Twice the impact!  Double your impact today!

Proceeds of your gift will be used to expand and enhance our existing programs. Please don't wait until the deadline. Double your impact today!
Better Community Development, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

All gifts and donations made to the Better Community Development, Inc. are tax-deductible.

Check out our upcoming events at Better Community Development,
Rebuilding Lives and Restoring Communities since 1981.

Link To EmPowerment
#GivingTuesday Networking Event
November 28, 2017 |5:30pm-7:30PM
3604 West 12th Street | Little Rock, AR

Join us for a day of giving and network for a cause. Giving Tuesday is celebrated the first Tuesday after thanksgiving giving back to your local non-profits. This year it will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. 

While you are out shopping for loved ones, we welcome you to network for a cause at our Link To EmPowerment Networking event. Give to your favorite local nonprofit during this season of giving. Enjoy refreshments and plenty of fun! 
RSVP with at bcd@bcdinc.org or give us a call us at 501.669.7223.  

World AIDS Day is observed each year on December 1 and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have died. Started in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

There are more prevention options than ever before including testing, condoms, PrEP, and medicines that treat HIV. 
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Little Rock, AR 72204