While mentoring a child through a West Dallas ministry, Reid Porter had a transformative experience that led to a keen understanding of how run-down and abandoned properties affect a community. The recent law school graduate soon left private practice to create Advocates for Community Transformation (ACT). His 5-year-old, faith-based organization helps empower local residents to become dedicated advocates for their own neighborhoods.
ACT is focused on inspiring inner-city residents, through legal advocacy, to seek resolution for crime-ridden properties. “Drug houses adversely affect the quality of life for people living around them and are the root cause of criminal activity in the neighborhoods,” says Porter. “These houses harbor individuals who use the property for criminal activity of all kinds. Neighbors are left feeling like prisoners in their own homes.”
The results are inspirational: Children are able to walk safely to school, property values for residents and businesses are increasing, and there’s less demand for law enforcement and emergency medical services.
Vote now for Advocates for Community Transformation — or any of the other worthy local nonprofits — in the CultureMap Charity Challenge.
Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to support the outstanding work of ACT.