New center fights blight, helps people in need - WNEM TV 5

New center fights blight, helps people in need

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

"Blight is something negative, and it's seen all over Flint," said Lynette Delgado, with BLight Restoration Center.

Delgado saw many of her neighbors struggle with job-loss and homelessness around her home in Flint. She wanted to do something to help, so she created the BLight Restoration Center.

"We wanted to take something negative and turn it into something positive," she said.

BLight is a play on words encouraging people to be the light on the fight on blight.

Delgado and her volunteers are re-purposing houses in Flint by fixing them up for people who don't have a home. 

Now, if they think the house isn't able to be fixed-up, they will take items to restore other homes. 

Things like doors, window panes, and furniture of abandoned houses come back to the center. One of the ideas is for people looking to make a little money can come in, pick something out, and make something new out of it to sell. 

"It's not a high amount of income. But when you're standing on a street corner begging for 50 cents, coming in and making something and getting $15 certainly makes you feel a lot better about yourself than standing there for 50 cents," Delgado said.

She said the houses they acquire have so far been given to them. The center will be open next week. Anyone can come in for snacks, and to get the help that they need.

"When people come in we'll offer free items, coffee, snacks, that kind of thing. But then we'll encourage them to do something to better themselves," she said.

Delgado hopes BLight Restoration Center will spark some hope and revitalization in Flint. 

"So the goal is to be able to give people their worth and potential back and help them get out of the situation they are in. The idea of BLight is exactly what our purpose is. Taking something old, and making something new," she said.

The center will officially open its doors to the public next week. It's located at  501 North Grand Traverse in Flint.

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