Local pastor turning church into safe haven for Frayser community

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Putting a plan into action to stop the violence in Memphis.

A Frayser Pastor is turning the vacant building he once called his church into a safe haven for the neighborhood.

He’s hoping the project catches the attention of other community leaders beginning the solution process to violence.

The pastor leading the project said he’s set in many meetings before searching for a solution to the violence in Memphis and rather than just talking about a solution, he said, this building is a part of his call to action.

Charlie Caswell once pastored Union Groove Baptist Church. The church that once occupied the building in the 2200 block of Frayser.

Caswell said the project will be a collaborative effort between community and faith leaders in Frayser.

He’s also going to bring different communities around Memphis in to hopefully sell them on this being the blueprint to the solution to the ongoing issue of violence.

Workers have already begun inside of the building and right now, there’s a $6 million capital campaign for the building.

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