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Expanding hope for West Baltimore

Posted at 11:28 PM, Jul 31, 2019

BALTIMORE — Van Brooks could have bolted Baltimore, but he refused to budge.

In his little corner of the world in West Baltimore, Van gives young men and women a chance to peak out at a world beyond Stricker and Lexington.

WMAR 2 News was there to watch Van's first steps after being paralyzed by a football injury 14 years ago. He was told he would never walk, talk or feel again. So you would think a man like this will be paralyzed by the words from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Van says he's more concerned about life on Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore.

Two young men who would have been out on the streets tonight are inside safe on Wednesday after a full day of visiting Camden Yards and Babe Ruth's house.

Street dreams have been replaced with sweet dreams.

Van is using a $100,000 grant from the Building for God Community Foundation to train young men and women for the workforce and he wants to build stronger families.