Thursday, October 09, 2008
USA Today reporter Clay Carey said that Clemmie Greenlee is an angel that rose from the streets and he's right.
I know this lady. I met her when I was living in Nashville and could feel how special she was when I was talking to her. I knew that she had been formally homeless and was working as an advocate for the homeless with the Nashville Homeless Power Project, but I didn't know all the details about her story.
What I didn't know until I read a little about her history is that Clemmie started having trouble with the law when she was 12. She was a drug addict, alcoholic, prostitute, and was prone to violent behavior. But after she found her way to Nashville's Magdalene home, a two-year residential community for women with a history of prostitution and drug abuse, she said God chose her to minister to others. Clemmie also had to deal with the killing of her 29-year-old son, Roderiquez in 2003 when a rival gang member shot him in the neck.
Clemmie has found a way to use her past turmoil and grief to help other people. She is an advocate for the homeless in Nashville, and she also runs Galaxy Star Drug Awareness -- an organization that works with youth and adults to stop violent behavior and drug use.
Last year, the Nashville Scene named Clemmie, Nashvillian of the Year and this week, USA Today featured Clemmie in a telling article and compelling photo layout.
The USA Today article and photo gallery that ran Tuesday, reveals Clemmie at work helping the homeless in Nashville. Please click on the links and read about her story. Maybe she'll inspire you to get out there and do something for somebody. She certainly has done that for me.
Thank you Ms. Clemmie -- I can feel the fire!
Posted by Alicia Benjamin at 10/09/2008 09:43:00 AM