Mission clients join in 'Clean Up Day'

HOUSTON Open Door Mission, a faith-based recovery and rehabilitation shelter, announced recently that about 20 of their clients in the Alan and Ann Craft DoorWay Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program will serve as volunteers in the East End "Clean Up Day" on April 5, 2008.

Open Door Mission volunteers will join more than 200 members of the East End community to de-litter sites around the East End area. The de-littering and beautification is part of the city-wide "Keep Houston Beautiful Day." Houston chose April 5, 2008 because it is the first day of the national "Great American Cleanup" campaign.

Each group will be assigned a specific area to clean up and beautify. Starting at 8 a.m. the volunteers will be put to work. At 11:30 a.m., everyone will meet in the Eastwood Park for a complimentary lunch and T-shirt celebrating the event. Open Door Mission will provide the beverages for all of the volunteers.

"We selected a site for the Open Door Mission that is heavily weeded and has a lot of blown trash and litter. We would like to make a huge improvement to this area. It is a big task, but we know the residents of the Open Door Mission are up for it. After all, they are very used to being mindful of the area," said Hedy Wolpa, East End Management District Program Director.

Open Door Mission clients regularly clean up the East End on their daily exercise walks when they pick up trash in a one mile trail. Each day they collect around a bag of trash from the East End area.

East End "Clean Up Day" is hosted by the East End Management District and is sponsored by The City of Houston Solid Waste Department, the Parks and Recreation Department and the Houston Police Department's Neighborhood Protection Corps. The East End Management District works year-around to abate graffiti and de-litter the area. This project is not only designed to clean up the East End, but to also encourage the community involved and dedicated to keeping the East End beautiful every day after April 5, 2008.

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