Five Points Neighborhood church recieves grant to keep teens off the streets

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HIGH POINT,  N.C. -- A church in the Five Points Neighborhood received a grant from the United Way to decrease crime by giving area teens somewhere to go.

The Providence Church of Christ received a $2,000 grant to give area teens an alternative to violence, drugs and gangs.

According to the Church's Pastor Marshall Newsome the grant will help the congregation  expand their existing once a month program.

Newsome says one of his biggest worries is that area kids are getting into trouble so young. "The biggest concern is that they will not make it to age 18 -- that's the ultimate concern," said Newsome.

Since the program first started, the church has seen an increase in participation from five-teens, to nearly fifty-teens.