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We're back with another edition of ThePulse, keeping our fingertips onund the pulse
of our community. I'm stormy withyou. Thank you for joining me.
Got another special guest on the show. That's how we roll and today,
ladies and gentlemen, my special guestscomes from out of the Haven, the
White Haven community in Memphis, Tennessee. Ladies and gentles let me let him

tell you who he is and whatit is that he does. Go ahead,
sir, good afternoon to everyone outthere in radio land. So my
name is Jason scherif from a nativeof Mephis born and raised in White Haven.
I'm the founder and executive director ofRespect the Haven CDC, and we
are grassroots community development corporation founded intwenty twenty one to serve the predominantly black,

disinvested in underserved community of white An. Okay, all right, okay,
so tell me when people have grievancesin the city. You know what
people have them, especially about thatare because it seems like they've been doing
construction on Elvis Presley forever. AndI heard somebody mention that do you get
involved in things like that or areyou just basically trying to help bring think

tell me, well, it's funnythat you mentioned that anything that comes it
seems like anything that goes on inwhite Haven, they do call me because
they know that, you know,respect the Haven is divorce of white Haven.
We have a Facebook group with overfive thousand members, so we sure
everything that's going on in why Havenand a mention about t dot and the
expressly construction a Fox a reporter fromFox thirteen actually called me the other night

asking me for a statement on it, and I told them, you know,
I've gotten a few emails on it. I really don't know too much
about it, so I don't wantto say anything. Yet when I referred
to I referred them to I wasstay representative Karen Kemper, So, okaya,
normally, you know, if something, you know, anything big,
go go down and white Haven,I normally get called to be asked about

it. Okay, Yeah, I'veseen you do it, and you know,
few people that I talked to toldme they saw you doing a few
interviews and things like that. Soyou have been quite busy. Now.
I know you from the work thatyou've done with your social media and basically
a lot of the work that you'vedone in the white Haven community. Did
you have something to do with whathappened around Christmas at the South South lad

Mall Again when anything to go down, it seemed like they called me,
so you know, it was sofunny. Yeah, a couple of years
ago when they put out there CharlieBrown Christmas tree and they wanted a new
Christmas tree and they came to respectthe Haven and you know, asked us
to raise money. And then initiallyI was just thinking as my I was
like, you you know, theymade a big deal because I'm a Muslim,

right, But I was like,you know, this is what y'all
want. You know, we canraise the money. So we got together.
Vincent mccasko from school Seed reached outto me to be the third party
to handle the money and we endedyou know, it surprised me, but
we ended up raising thirty one thousanddollars and likenwadays. Wow, that was
quick. Absolutely. Yeah. Sodo you find that people in white Haven

are just passionate about the community andreally wanting to see things grow and get
better. Absolutely. You know,I think they were just waiting for their
spark or that you know, thatthat light to night them because you know,
I ended up, like I said, I was raised in white Haven.
I ended up moving away to Nashvilleand in Houston. I came back

home in twenty nineteen to help takecare of my elderly grandfather. Yeah,
so I ended up moving back inmy childhood home in white Haven. And
seeing the changes in white Haven iswhat made me start respect to Haven.
What were the changes that you saw? Just seeing you know that I joke
all the time, I tell peopleI'm so white Haven. I remember when
Peppetrey apartments with luxury apartments. Wow. So seeing you know, de terioration

in the house and seeing the businessesleft and all the things that I had
when I was a youth and Iwas somebody I came back home. Didn't
have a name, I didn't havemoney, I didn't have a position.
I just had a passion. Ihad a heart, and I wanted to
be the change that I wanted tosee. And so I started respect to
Haven. And we work in fourareas of community development, economic, educational,

civic, and social because we recognizethat business, education, government,
and culture are the four rivers ofcommunity life. Without those institutions, you
don't have a thriving community. Sowe were to improve those community improve those
areas. So like on the economicwe work closely with our economic development partner
or the Greater Whitehaven Economic Redevelopment Corporation. You know, we're actually working on

two national economic development projects right now. One is our Breaking Barriers the Business
Initiative that's in partnership with the Cityof Memphis, Living Cities, Main Street
America, and the Truist Foundation.And we didn't formed a business council with
ten businesses in white Haven to addressthe challenges that they're facing and we want

to break those barriers that so theycan continue to grow. And this is
extremely important because one of the businessesthat was owned our Breaking Barriers to Business
Council, mugg and Coffee House,they ended up going out of business.
Yea, yeah, you know.And just to mention, we got Living
Cities one of our national partners.They're having the Economic Development Conference in Memphis
in September, and they're actually intown right now. When I leave the

radio station, I'm taking them ona tour of white Haven. Okay okay.
And then the second economic development projectwe're working on this with g work,
the Greater white Haven Economic Redevelopment Corporationis called Equity Impact Investments. You
know, we're working with the federalgovernment to bring some dollars in some economic
investments in the waves. Yeah yousaid, you said a lot. Yeah,

you got a lot going on,you know, being in that area
quite a bit. And for anybodythat's ever spent time in white Haven on
a Sunday passing that Kroger there atShelby and Elvis Presley, you always see
a lot of people out there.And I'm just wondering, is respect the
Haven Is it part of or partof something you guys want to do to

help those mom and pop businesses,you know, people that are just you
know, they sell baskets, theysell a little bit of everything. Absolutely.
Uh. You know, on oureconomic development we have a Respect Black
Business Initiative where we work to promoteand support our black businesses. And again
we work in partnership with g Workto help promote and support our black businesses.

So funny you mentioned Kroger. Youknow, Kroger is the number one
Uh from what I'm told, Krogeris the number one grossing Kroger in the
city of Memphis. Are you serious? And I just learned that Starbucks is
the number one uh grossing in foodsales. They're the number one region.
So there's a lot of money inwhitehaving. White Haven, we're the home

of the most black owned businesses,we have the most black homeowners, we
have the most registered Black voters.Of course, you know, we're the
home of one of the top highschool in the state, White Haven High
School. Yeah, my alma modelwho we worked closely with, respect the
Haven. We recently gave six fivehundred dollars scholarships to White Haven seniors who

are going to HBCUs in the wonderfulon our educational development we have on our
educational development pillar, we have arespect Black Education Initiative. Yeah. So
and so yeah, so white Haven, you know, we you know,
we we see that as you know, the capital of Memphis and the black
epicent of Memphis. Yeah, Ican see that. Yeah. So,
you know, we have it's alot of black excellence going on in Waya.

But it's a lot of challenges aswell. Yeah. We have,
you know, like a close toa thirty percent poverty rate. Uh,
you know, a lot of youknow, some of our schools are struggling.
Of course, you know, we'redealing with blight and crime. Yeah,
and that's why I respect the Havenwas founded to represent that other side
of Whitehaven and to unmute and toamplify, amplify divorces of that other side

of Whyham. There are a lotof strong communities in Memphis. There's one
thing you can say about Memphis,so many strong communities. And white Haven
is one of those strong communities.And when you talk about, you know,
everything that you're talking about, itseems to embody white Haven and a
lot of the thought process around alot of African Americans in the city that

want to see the city move forwardand not backwards. Absolutely, it's a
lot of you know, economic growth, you know going on in white Haven,
especially around you know, the southLand Mall. And you know,
we're getting ready. We just brokearound, broke around on the nine million
dollar STEM building that's gonna be atwhy Haven High School. Wow. Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics isgoing to be a huge, you

know, game changer in white Havenbecause it's going to be opened up to
all the students, all the schoolsin wavin Oh wow. And you got
to understand, I graduated from whyHaven almost thirty years ago. And the
science labs are the same science labsthat I had back when I was in
school. And so just talking todoctor Hunter, how you know when our
kids graduate from white Haven, they'realready behind on the eight ball, especially

if they going to major in youknow, mathematics or chemistry biology, because
they didn't have the access to thosequality labs. Right. And now that
we're about to break ground in thisnine million dollar stem building, it's gonna
be a major. Yeah, that'spretty awesome. And I did interview Coach
Sisbury and he mentioned being a partof Respect to Haven. Tell me about

that. That's my guy. WhenI came back home, before I have
Respect to Haven, we had anorganization called the Brother's round Table. Yeah,
and we had adopted white Haven asour community. And again we was
a group of black men working toimprove white Haven in business, education,
politics, and our social uplift.The Brother's round Table they kind of wanted
to take on the whole city,where we just wanted to focus on white

Haven. So when we you know, left the Brother's round Table, you
know, Coach Salisbury was like,you know, we still need to keep
doing what we did for white Haven. He was like, you know,
because since I was the leader ofthe Brothers round tables, like, we
need to regroup, come up witha new game plan. So I came
back to him about two or threemonths later and I said, well,
let's take that phrase respect to Haven. Because he's the one that started the

phrase respect the Haven started as abattle crowd for the football teacher. Okay,
I said, well, let's takethat phrase respect to Haven and let's
turn it into a community organization.Yeah. So that's how Respect the Haven
was born because I just didn't wantto call it the white Haven Community Development
Corporations. So I wanted we wantedto make a statement. So it's been
an effect for how many years?So we started Respect the Haven September twenty

twenty one. Okay, in lessthan three years, so grassroots, grassroots
organizations still fighting for the resources anddoing but you know, we open up
an office in the south Land Mallback in March of twenty twenty three,
and yeah, so we run.Yeah, sounds like it, sounds like
it. So you know, thereare a lot of youth and white Haven,

and there are a lot of youthall over the city that have been
busy with their extracurricular activities that arenot productive. I'm so glad you mentioned
that. Yeah, so tell mewhat you guys are doing in that respect
in that area. So respect toHaven, we just completed a youth participatory

action research project with Shelby County government. So, if you don't know memphicsent,
Shelby County has the highest number ofopportunity youth sixteen to twenty four not
working or in school forty five thousand. So you see everybody's talking about juvenile
crime, see the extracurricular activities thatthey're doing. So Shelby County government they

wanted to find out what challenge isthat these young people were having and finding
economic and educational opportunities. So Respectto Haven were one of the local research
organizations for Shelby County government. Wehired four opportunity youth between the ages of
eighteen to twenty four, Yeah,to go out and interview other eighteen to
twenty four year olds to see whatchallenges that they were facing. We complete,

We just completed the project or thestudy last month. We presented it
to Shelby County Maryly Hare's other communityorganizations and so we're gonna take that data
and use that to create programs foropportunity youth. Respect that Haven in particular,
we want to start an Opportunity Youththree A one one six three A

one o nine program for the youthand why Haven, Westwood and walcome.
I love that love. So whatdid you find, wend Yeah, yeah,
yeah. One of the biggest challengesthey didn't know where to find the
resource. It's a lot of resourcesout there, they didn't know how to
get to it. So definitely wewant to do a better job of making
these resources known because everybody's working insilos and everybody don't know what everybody's doing,

right, So we want to havea playbook where have these resources and
a hotline available where they can callthis particular number and find out what resources
are available. Also found out,you know, lack of transportation, childcare
a lot of our young people,you know, not only daycare, but
nightcare. So just find So thoseare some of the things that we found

out with their challenges and working withothers because this project was part of the
Shelby County Youth and Education Nonprofit Committee, which is a group of organizations,
so just get it. So findingyou know, those resources that these organizations
already offer and then get it outto the youth. That's what we're doing

to kind of a conduit, helping, you know, put the pieces together
for these young people that that soundlike they really want to do other things
than absolutely. I mean, Ilook at white Haven when I drive around
whye Haven every day and just seethe kids on the corner, you know,
selling water and selling gatorade. Youknow, they could be out you
know, my offices in the southLand mall and the kids is always outside

selling candy. You know, theykind of you know, some people get
annoyed by but they could be outdoing the other things. But we definitely
got to, you know, findsome opportunities for the people. You know,
it's interesting that you would say thatbecause uh, and I'm talking to
Jason Sharif you guys with respect theHaven, thank you for joining us for
the show. I'm Stormy, Listen. I was talking. I was talking

to a friend of mine about youknow, the kids on the on the
street and how they sell water andyou know, things like that. And
I'll be honest, when I firstmoved here, I didn't understand it.
And now I'm here, I've beenhere and I get it. Memphis is
one of those places where people,if the opportunity is and there a lot

of folks will figure out a wayabsolutely to you know, uh, be
an entrepreneur and because that's really whatthey are, and that's what we want,
and we want to take that energyand hone it into something you know
positive. You know they're doing that. I tell them all the time when
I pull up, you know,to them, like, you know,
this is your place of business,so keep it clean. You know,

a lot of a lot of complaintswas they leave the trash after they leave.
So you know, I come up, I'll give them, you know,
trash bags, you know, keepyour place of being, you know.
Or and I said, if youcome back, you keep this clean.
I come back and I bring youa case of water to see,
you know, just to encourage themthey can be doing out anything they really
could and just they got that entrepreneurspirits. So and you know, I

told the kids outside of Sathlan,so I'm having a cash home. Man,
we take cash out, we takezil. We tell you. I'm
like, man, yeah, I'mlike y'all some real business people. So
you know, we just got tokeep encouraging them. Yeah, yeah,
we do. And you know what, I never thought about taking that extra
step like you just said, youknow, stopping by and encouraging those young

people, because honestly, for thoseof that you know, sell the water,
be south the road or whatever they'reespecially if they're the south the road,
that's pretty dangerous something and sometimes Istop buy now definitely send up a
prayer because I'm like, Lord,please don't let nothing happen to these babies,
you know what I'm saying. Andbecause people drive crazy, we know,

but just to see them do that, I respect it, you know
what I'm saying. And to seewhat you guys are doing with respect that
Haven, I respect that to andthank you, not thank you, but
what you're doing in the community andwhat you guys have come together and brought
I think it's amazing. And Ithink there's so many people. There's there's
one thing about my cousins from whiteHaven. I got Byron Harris, who's

a coach at where's Byron bev Yeah, Bellevue. And then there's Jason Harris
who's at white Haven or high quarterback. And then Terris Harris who went on
to play professional football, and nowis doing everything you know, but still
comes home and loves his community.Like so many people that I've talked to

in the white Haven community, thereis a passion about that community. Uh.
That is electrifying to me. Andit shines. It shines through the
monchs with respect the Haven, likewe really mean it. And you talk
about you know, Jason Harrison,how he coached at white Haven, He's
a graduate of white Haven. Youthink about how strong white Haven High School
is. There's over forty alumni whoteach or work at white Haven. Wow.

And then their children go back,yeah and graduate from white Haven.
So that's just how strong, youknow, the community pride is. And
I know there's a lot of communitypride in a lot of other places too,
But today we're talking through respect Haven. I want to shout out all
the communities. Yeah. I've workedin Westwood. I started the Boys and
Girls Club at Westwood High School.Oh wow. I was a neighborhood organizer

in Klondike, Smoky City, workingwith the children in schools in that area,
addressing the alad school barriers that keptthose kids you know, from coming
to school engaging ready to learn.Uh. Tast six grade social studies at
Craigmont Middle School in Raleigh. Wow, I've been all overficent It sounds like,
yeah, yeah. Memphis is astrong city and there's a lot of,
like I said, a lot ofpassion in this city. And for

outsiders looking in, uh, sometimesthey don't understand it. But they don't
have to. Absolutely, you know, you don't have to do you don't
live here, you don't have toyou know, we got a lot of
challenges with a lot of opportunities.People they're like, man, you got
out, you was living in Houstonand you came back. I said,
yeah, I came back, andI'm proud that I came back. Been
working to, you know, makemy city better ever since I came back

in twenty nineteen. Tell me howit feels, because it's got to be
pretty amazing to be from a place, to leave and go do other things
and then come back and work inthe community that you were born in.
Absolutely, and I tell you know, I tell people all the time.
You know, for people who wentto school with me, they're like,

man, you were so quiet,you never said a word, you were
so introverted with in the picture.You know, you'll be out doing what
you're doing now. And all Ican say is just something that you know,
it's something that stirred in me,like I saw something and I just
wanted to be the change and Ididn't wait and I just you know,
up and got the work. Andyou know, it's it's amazing because,

like I said, I never Itell everybody I really found my passion after
I was forty, because never inmy life then I think I'll start a
community organization. And sometimes when I'mout I tell people all the time when
I'm out doing these community things,and when I'm around too many people,
you know, I got to gohome and you know deep, you know,
deep compressed two or three days andget to myself because you know,

I'm real introverted. Yeah, yeah, yeah, that's interesting that you're an
introvert who's doing extrovert things. Youknow, the God got a sense of
humor, he doesn't he know howto use it. You told me something
that we won't talk about a lot, but you did tell me that you
were, uh politically, had somepolitical leanings in the city of Memphis.

What are you what are you thinkingabout? Well, you know, one
of the four pillars of respect tohaving his educational development. So we already
do a lot of work in theschool so, uh, you know,
I am leaning towards uh you know, I'm running for a particular office.
I don't know if I can say, you know, but yeah, but
school board. Oh okay, SoI am running for school board which is

District seven, so that includes whiteHaven or the white Haven Airport area of
South Memphis, okayven Parkway Village andHickory Hill. And I just want to
take my community work working in theschools and just you know, I'm already
a voice. And name of yourshow is the Post. I already have
you know, my my hand onthe post of the community. And I
know what the community, communities andthe schools need. So I want to

take my community activism and go onthe school board and represent their voices and
amplify the voices not only white Haven, but South Memphis, Okayn, Parkway
Village in Hickory Hill. Yeah,I see that. I can hear the
passion. I can hear the passionjust in in what you do and the
connections that you've made. Uh thatsounds like many of these guys that you're

doing stuff. So you went toschool with uh, you know I made
it intentionally and for like my boardof directors, you have to have some
kind of ties to why Haven.Yeah, you don't have to be from
white Haven without it. You gotto be living or working in white Haven.
So all my board of directors areI think how many? I think
CoA Salsbury Kimberly. I think thosetwo actually graduated from white Haven. Then

it's so has you know, youknow white Haven it started out as white
Haven predominantly white, then it becamepredominantly black. But it's so crazy.
So during the Christmas Street it wasa white guy that reached out to me
that was raised in white Haven.Wow. And he's like, man,
I you know, I've been waitingfor a leader like you to just come
back and you know take you know, help white Haven. I want to

help you. And so his nameis a Chris Lions and you know he
grew up in in in the oldwhite Haven and now he's on the board
of Directors and helping us as well. It's definitely a white Haven thing.
Wow, that sounds like a kindof a three sixty kind of thing.
I mean, circle back for real. I mean, and then you and
your story how you were born thereand left and came back and then him

think. So it's like merging theold and the news. That's it,
the old white Haven with the newwhite Haven. Absolutely, wow, Absolutely
the beautiful thing. How did youguys feel when Starbucks came in? Because
I've heard people say, you know, Starbucks would have never thought about coming
to Whitehaven had there never been mugging. Mugging. Yeah, you know,

it was a lot of mixed feelingsin the community. Of course, a
lot of people was happy. Alot of people was happy to see Starbucks
come. A lot of people weren'tthey feel like it, you know,
would hurt Muggins. Yeah, andit's just so had I don't know the
whole deal, but Muggins did endedup, you know, going out of
being this and white Haven I thinkit. You know. Of course,
as a graduot organization, we dowould like to promote and buy local and

support with our moms and pops.Yeah. Absolutely, but I understand,
you know, like I said,I we have a Facebook group over five
thousand people, so they make theirfeelings known and they want to have some
national change coming too. So Ithink, you know, it can be
a mixture of national and local momand pops, but we definitely want to
support our homegrown and our local blackbusinesses is well. Absolutely, but you

know, the I guess the positivethat you can say about a place like
that coming into the community is thatthey're going to put people in the community
to work. And I'm gonna shoutout white Haven because now Starbucks, because
they have one now. They havea young lady, a young African American
lady who is the manager now,and she reached out to me and said,
no, I want you to letthe community know that I'm the new

manager of the white Haven Starbucks.I live in white Haven, and we're
really appreciate their support. So youknow why Haven is part I mean,
Starbucks is part of the community.You know, they doing our Christmas tree
lighting ceremony. They provided you know, coffee, So hey, respect to
Haven. We promote all our businessin white Haven. We promote all our
schools. We just promote white Haven. Yeah, you know, how does

it feel to have is it anew library or that the library, Well
it may not be new, butI know the library does a lot of
community things over there as well.Shout out to Robin Ballard, who is
the white Haven Branch Library manager.We do. We partner on a lot
of things. We were talking aboutpartnering and on a third grade literacy program

program. Yeah. And then also, you know we got the new y
m c A that is across thestreet. Yeah, that's what I'm a
member of. Yeah. Yeah,Tamika Glenn who is the director. Uh
so yeah, we, like Isaid, we were, you know,
we work with everything. What Haven. Yeah, I got some friends over
there, Cheryl and oh what's myother I can't believe this. I can't

remember her name. Oh she gonnabe mad at me. Oh my goodness
when you start naming one, toname him if you get Carolyn, Okay,
love me some sheryln Carolyn over thereat the you know white even over
that the y m c A overthere. Yes, and so a lot
there's a lot of good happening goingon, a lot of economic growth,

educational growth. And yeah, Ialso want to shut out uh Derel Cohen
and Hell nine on one they aredoing great violence interruption work and white haveaving.
I mean, we got to beread. There's a lot of crime
going on in White Haven. AndHell nine on one there are in the
the old Kinggates Apartment, New Horizonand Respected Haven and Hell nine on one.

We are partnering together to even gointo some more part more apartment complexes
and work on a violence interruption.So so you go in there and and
what do you do? How doyou I've gotta be intricate work. You
gotta give me his number. Igotta get him on the show. His
name is Derel Cowen. He's theexecutive director Hell nine on one. And

they got they got a whole program. They in the school. I've seen
some of their billboard. Yeah,they're in the communities and uh, you
know we're part We partner with thema nine on one block squad in White
Haven that's also doing violence interruption work. So again we're working on all four
areas economic, educational, civic,and social. And y'all got a lot
going on and one and they thinkI got a staff of team and I'm

only one person. Yeah, Isee you on social media, Like I
said, I follow you on Instagram. Respect to Haven is the name of
the page. And I see yourpost and how you've just been busy doing
the work. You just got outthere and just say a free workshop,
what's up? With that, hthe financial workshop we're doing. Yeah.

Another one of my guys, JordanOliver. Uh, he's you know,
a financial guru around the city,and he came to me and seeing him
in another white Haven native, ateacher, teacher Sawberry. I hope I'm
saying the first name right and herlast name Salisbury. But they can ain't
at me and said they want tooffer some free financial workshops in white Haven.
So they do it at our officeat the south Land Mall. Yeah,

or the third Saturday. It wasonly it's only for May, June
and July, so we're gonna doit. We still got time for July.
They'll got time third Saturday. Iwant to say from me living to
twelve thirty, that's what it says. Okay, Absolutely, I respect the
Haven CDC twelve ten Southland Malle.That's awesome. Yeah, because you know,
that's one of those things. It'skind of like teaching a few things

that I think they should teach inschool that they don't. Maybe manners and
etiquette maybe, uh and finances absolutely, because our kids men were already behind.
And I heard Tom Joner say thisforever. He always said, if
White America catches the cold. BlackAmerica catches the flu, absolutely, and
that's what happens with our finances aswell. They got a cold, we

got the flu bag, we brokebro and we don't know often you know,
about finances and we're not raised withthose kinds because our mamas and dads
are just trying to make it work, y'all. And so yeah, to
know that there's a financial workshop,I think that is amazing and I look
forward to seeing more of that,hopefully in our schools as well. Absolutely,

yeah, because our kids already behind. Let's get this. We gotta
if we want to get them,you know, ahead of the game.
Yeah, we got to do something. And so do you get into have
anything to do with people coming intomaybe helping people get into the schools in
White Haven to tutor kids and thingsof that nature. So what we do
is in our educational development work,we mainly we work on the outside barriers.

You know, sixty percent of thefactors that affects the child's attendance,
behavior, and course performance happens outsideof the classroom, right, so we
address those community factors like respect toHaven, we recently gave we purchased twenty
five hundred dollars worth of vouchers togive to the Principles in the white Haven

Empowerment Zone. The white Haven EmpowermentZone or the five schools that was placed
on the Doctor Hunter to prevent themfrom being taken over by state custody.
Don't give me the name of fiveschools because I'm a miss one. But
what we did was we purchased twentyfive hundred dollars worth of uniform vouchures to
give to the Principles, just toeliminate one reason that our kids, you
know, miss schools. You know, we have a partnership with the United

Way Driver Dream where we can referyou know, families who come to us
to different services were dealing. We'reseeing a lot of homelessness and a lot
of our children and families they haveunstable housing. And then you know the
you know they cow surfing or youknow if some are even living in cars.
So we work to help, youknow, find stable housing and so
that. So that's the kind ofout of school factors. But speaking of

tutoring and literacy back to I haven'tbeen talking with the white Haven Library about
partnering with them for a reading programto helping prove you know, third grade
literacy, because right now, seventysix percent of our third gradest are not
reading on grade level. And youlook at seventy percent of the current prison
population that's not read past the fourthgrade. God, so we don't improve

this early literacy, all we doingis continuing the school to prison pipe on.
Here M talk that talk. Itgot deep, y'all, and it's
time for us to go. Jasonsharif you guys respect the Haven. I'm
Stormy. Thank you all for joiningus for the show today. It's the
pulse. We keep our fingertips onthe pulse of our community, and I
just want to say thank you again, thank you for the work that you're

doing in our community. Any partingwords before you go, I just want
to thank you for, you know, for all your support. Like I
said, I notice, you knowyou liking all our posts on Instagram.
I said, is this Stormy fromvi Wanta? We got stormy attention,
So you know, I just thankyou for your support and thank you for
me to you know, just broadcastour message and what respect the Haven is
doing in the great community. Irespect the Haven, Respect the Haven.

I tell her respect Love White Haveninspect to Haven all day, every day
and twice on Sunday. I likethat. I like that. Thank you
again for thank you being here andbeing on the show. Y'all, it's
the pulse. I'm stormy and wegot to get out of here. God
bless you. Hey, we'll seeyou next week, same time, same
station. God bless you. Havea great week.
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