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Changing Lives 1 Neighborhood At A Time

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Hello, my name is James Allen, Sr. I am in desperate need of money to improve both my lifestyle and that of my children. We all make bad decisions in our short lifespan, and some are made at an early age as a result of environmental factors, bad parenting, or just plain p... Read More


Hello, my name is James Allen, Sr.

I am in desperate need of money to improve both my lifestyle and that of my children. We all make bad decisions in our short lifespan, and some are made at an early age as a result of environmental factors, bad parenting, or just plain poor choices. But, i've discovered  that if these choices are made at an early age, they carry through life and increase recidivism statistics, greatly. I believe our paths are already prepared and paved for us, and every emotional, sexual, and social hurt I've experienced was designed for me to "run the gauntlet " so that i would come out a more refined and acceptable member of society. With the knowledge I've gained "the hard way," I am able to talk to youth in similar situations. I'm not just some upper-class businessman trying to tell kids "drugs are bad." I'm living proof that despite a lifetime of hardships and disappointments, we are able to become educated, well-respected, trusted individuals. My family owns a tattoo studio that assists in community development and with urban youth. I am currently living on government assistance and would like to move to a location where i could turn part of a home into a faith-based tattoo studio, which would serve as a safe place for youth. I also would like to turn part of a garage into a bicycle repair area for kids. Pastor Duanne Crabbs, of the South Street Ministries, implemented a similar program in his garage in Akron, Ohio. The program helped to reduce thefts in the neighborhood and served as an outlet to train children. 

I know there are many who have similar stories or can relate to mine. You know everyone needs a hand up out of the dirt, or a hand in life. We only achieve by helping each other and paying forward. 

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Changing Lives 1 Neighborhood At A Time

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Changing Lives 1 Neighborhood At A Time

James aLLEN, Campaign Organizer on behalf of

Basement Tattoos

I'm in dire need of money to procure housing, work equipment, and tools for building a neighborhood bike program. I will be turning part of a house into a safe spot for youth where they can go to access computers and books. Please help.

James aLLEN

James Allen, Sr., grew up in Akron ,Ohio, where his life began on the wrong path. He was the only boy among two younger siblings in a one-parent household. Most of his time, from age 14-35, was spent in prison, but each day was devoted to improving himsel

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