A community volunteer organization in Columbia, Tenn., is celebrating the completion of its 25th rehabilitated house.
People Helping People Together began improving targeted neighborhoods in 2008 using seed money from First Farmers & Merchants Bank, the Tennessee Diocese of the Episcopal Church, Maury Hills Church and private donations. Heritage Bank & Trust and Community First Bank & Trust have just announced they are joining with First Farmers by donating $5,500 to the organization.
The group includes 15 churches, two civic-nonprofit groups, seven businesses and four local/state governmental entities.
Police say crime in the targeted area has been reduced.