MILWAUKEE - A local woman is trading in her pain for peace, and working with volunteers to restore a neighborhood gymnasium in honor of her slain son.
“The church asked if we could help neighbors out and we decided we wanted to help them out so that’s what we’re doing," James Cates said.
Cates is just one of dozens of volunteers from the Honey Creek Church in Milwaukee offering a helping hand to mom, Rosslind Prescott-McClinton. According to Prescott-McClinton, this restoration project is her son's dream.
“We're are doing this all in his name," Prescott-McClinton said. "His dream was to go to the NBA, and so, his dream was to also have a gym of his own for children."
Prescott-McClinton's son, Michael Prescott, was shot and killed near 12th and Vine in November of 2015 by someone he knew. Prescott-McClinton said although her son was tragically taken from her, she's now ready to give to a community riddled with violence and in desperate need of healing.
“[Michael's] in that great could of witnesses the bible says, he’s in the great cloud of witnesses cheering us on saying ‘go, guys, go," Prescott-McClinton said.
The gym will soon open to the public and serve as a peace center pantry providing clothes and food to those in need.
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