Mack McCarter honored with
Blue Cross Angel Award
For release Oct. 30, 2006
Mack McCarter, founder and coordinator of Shreveport-Bossier Community Renewal, has been honored as a 2006 recipient of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Angel Award.
The Angel Award is a statewide program that recognizes extraordinary individuals who dedicate their time and talent to help Louisiana children. Honorees display an unselfish contribution of time and energy to improve the welfare of the children in their communities. McCarter is one of eight persons statewide to receive the 2006 award.
The honor comes with a $20,000 grant, which will help SBCR further its outreach to at-risk youth in inner-city neighborhoods. Since its founding in 1994, SBCR has helped more than 1,500 children and teen-agers through its Friendship House programs, now operating in five Shreveport-Bossier City neighborhoods.
"This award recognizes a team effort. I'm just the coach of an outstanding team of people," McCarter said. "On their behalf I accept this wonderful and generous award. It will go to the work of making this a world in which little children can grow up and have all the joy and all the hopes and all the dreams that children should have. I'm glad to join with Blue Cross Blue Shield in what is such a necessary thing, making a better world for our children."
Now in its 12th year, SBCR is transforming neighborhoods through caring relationships. SBCR operates eight Friendship Houses in five low-income neighborhoods, helping children and teens stay in school, stay healthy and stay on the path that will help them develop into successful and productive adults.
Shreveport-Bossier Community Renewal is a nonprofit effort to restore safe and healthy communities through caring relationships. Founded in 1994, SBCR reaches at-risk youth through Friendship Houses built in impoverished neighborhoods, strengthens education through the Adult Renewal Academy, partners with The Fuller Center for Housing and connects caring partners who turn their neighborhoods into safe havens of friendship and support.
Contact: David Westerfield, director of communications