beasley allen announces community project benefiting common ground Beasley Allen announces community project benefiting Common Ground

Beasley Allen Law Firm will partner with local media and community volunteers to renovate facilities for creation of Youth Entrepreneurship Center and Housing Redevelopment Center

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (March 22, 2011) – The law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., announces the beginning of a four-week project to create a Youth Entrepreneurship Center and Housing Redevelopment Center in West Montgomery in conjunction with Common Ground Montgomery (CGM). The program includes the renovation of a 4,300-square-foot double storefront building on Mobile Road, adjacent to the organization’s existing facility. The plan for this property is to house a Youth Entrepreneurship Center and Housing Redevelopment Center. The project is expected to cost $60,000 to complete.  Money will be used to renovate the current structure and includes furnishing the space with the necessary equipment to successfully operate the centers.

Beasley Allen employees, along with media partners WSFA-TV12, Faith Radio, and Cumulus Broadcasting also will volunteer their time for this project, helping with clean-up, landscaping, painting and other projects to ready the facilities for use.

“Beasley Allen’s motto is ‘helping those who need it most.’ This project can really make a difference in Montgomery’s future by providing opportunities for disadvantaged young people,” said the firm’s Managing Shareholder, Thomas J. Methvin. “The families – and especially the children – served by Common Ground Montgomery are in particular danger. Without someone to help them, they may be lost.”

The Youth Entrepreneurship Center will give area youth an avenue to develop real-world business experience as well as a positive work ethic.  Middle school age children from the after school program will be selected and taught the basics of business including managing, designing and marketing their product.  Income earned in their businesses will go toward further education. The Housing Redevelopment Center will be the training center for the mission’s home ownership initiative.  Families interested in home ownership will participate in an extensive home ownership and financial literacy training program.

 “Through entrepreneurship education we create the future generation of business owners and leaders,” says CGM Founder Bryan Kelly. “Through instruction and guidance about the responsibility and privilege of home ownership, we create a new generation of individuals and families with the skills and wherewithal to stand on their own two feet.”

Volunteers are encouraged for this project, as well as for the day-to-day programs of CGM, which invests in the urban youth of our community by developing personal relationships and providing a network of support, guidance, and mentoring. Volunteer opportunities year-round with CGM include an after-school program, mentor program, Christmas store, House 2 House ministry and summer camp, as well as a summer internship program. Financial contributions also are welcome. To learn more about CGM, or to volunteer, please visit them online at www.cgmal.org

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