STORIES OF SUCCESS
"I have been involved with Rescue Me in Muscle Shoals for about 2 years. I was introduced to the program by Dewayne Malone. He was volunteering as my nephews rec basketball coach and as he learned my nephews story Dewayne felt that he could benefit from the program.
Kaiden has been attending the center since it started and loves it. Not only do Dewayne and the other mentors do a good job on the nights that they are open, they also invest in the children’s lives. They have worked along side my husband and me as we navigated learning to raise a child who came to us as a preteen after experiencing terrible life situations and profound loss. The program leaders stood by us as we made some tough love decisions, called and supported him through medical and emotional trials and were there to talk with him, tutor him and show him love. They were also instrumental in helping us to reconnect with nephew’s biological father which I attribute to the huge turn around that has occurred with him.
Once headed down a path of destructive decisions, potential crime and failing grades, I am pleased to say he is much improved and involved in sports, music and church. The friends that he has through the center has given him self confidence and skills to become a strong productive citizen. I cannot praise Dewayne and the other mentors for what they have done for our family.
Muscle Shoals, AL
The Jump Program has really helped my son. I would highly recommend this program to all parents. Dewayne and Angel Malone love the children. My son also had a great mentor. I salute all of the mentors for being in the lives of these children. I enjoyed the “Bully” video. It meant a lot to me because it was teaching the children about bullying and giving examples of it also. I am blessed that my son was a part of something that meant a lot to him. I pray that God keeps blessing the Malones and their Jump Project!!!!
My daughter participated in the JUMP Mentoring Program sponsored in part through your organization. Before her involvement she had trouble expressing herself as well as not being confident in new situations. Through both group and individual counseling as well as one on one contact with her mentor she gained much needed life coping skills. I saw her blossom into a young woman ready for the next chapter in life; to which I attribute much of that to the JUMP program! Thank you for investing in the children in our community!!
Muscle Shoals, AL
The Rescue Me Project has partnered with Tennessee Valley Juvenile Detention Center in Tuscumbia, Alabama to mentor the residents detained here. These troubled youth are often viewed by society as “the ones who no one else wants to be bothered with”. Yet, the Rescue Me Project crew sees hope for change and has reached out with an understanding heart in hopes of impacting their lives in a positive manner. By expounding upon the phrase “Every moment that was meant to destroy me is dedicated to help build me”, the residents here are being motivated to make the right choices in defining their moment. Thank you to the Long-Lewis Foundation is in order for sponsoring this organization. Together, we can move mountains!!
Dewayne Malone came to our church and really blessed us as a church family. His testimony to our youth, and their parents, through the Come Rescue Me Project really enlightened them on the “facts” concerning the street life. We are thankful that this message is able to be transported across this nation for the betterment and correction of young lives. He is thoroughly anointed for this task, and to the Long-Lewis Foundation you are doing an awesome thing to support this cause! Many blessings and much favor be with you in all that you do! Numbers 6:24-26
-Larry Davidson, Jr.
I was feeling depressed and just felt like whatever I do was just idiotic. Everyone calls me childish and retarded, even some of my so-called friends. I just felt like I was a failure. When Dewayne Malone came to my school and shared his experience through The Rescue Me Project sponsored by the Long-Lewis Foundation, it made me feel as if no matter what, everybody matters. He taught me not give up and to keep moving forward. The presentation helped me feel more confident about myself.
–Keith Dale Cantrell
Student, Sheffield High School