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Salisbury Church Hopes "Adopts A Block" Will Turn Around Troubled Neighborhood

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SALISBURY, Md. - Food on the grill, cold drinks, and free clothes for anyone who needs it.

It's a special block party Emmanuel Wesleyan Church throws in the Church Street neighborhood once a month in the summer, but their presence here is more than a novelty.     
"It doesn't matter if it's raining or snowing or what..." says Cindy Ebert, who lives in the neighborhood.         

Every other Saturday, for the past three months, more than 30 volunteers from Emmanuel Wesleyan have been going door to door, delivering  food and clothes to folks in one of Salisbury's most impoverished neighborhoods.

For pastor Jason Heil, it's all about consistency, "when people start trusting you, and you have a relationship with somebody, then we can start speaking to their lives and their potential."

Those words were put to the test Saturday, as volunteers helped diffuse an argument that popped up just yards from the block party.  

"We're kind of an outside party that says 'hey, let's find better ways to help you reach the ultimate goal'," said Heil.

Once the food is gone, and all the clothes handed out, the volunteers say they don't plan on disappearing.

Helping this neighborhood isn't just a summer project.  Pastor Heil says "we plan on being here for years to come."

The Adopt A Block volunteers say at least one other church in Wicomico County has approached them for help in possibly adopting a block of their own.

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