By Yasmein James for NewsWorks. Additional reporting by Anna Flint
Ray Gant's work is never done.
That is the name of the game when you are committed to community revitalization like Gant. On any given day, he is leading a cleaning initiative throughout the City of Philadelphia in struggling business corridors.
CBS Philly Article and KYW Radio Interview of February 3, 2013
"CBS Philly celebrates Black History Month with these profiles of notable Philadelphia 'gamechangers,' people and organizations making a difference in the lives of the city's African-Americans. By Cherri Gregg
"PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Raymond Gant is changing the game, one neighborhood at a time.
"'We just went in there and started cleaning it up,' says Raymond Gant, who grew up in North Philadelphia. 'We started cleaning up the neighborhood, cleaning up the community.'
"'It all starts with a broom", said Raymond 'Ray of Hope' Gant, a former North Philly drug dealer who spent most of the '90s in prison but has spent all of the 2000s helping struggling business corridors like Frankford's get clean.
"'When you clean up your house and your house is clean, the bugs go other places,' said Gant. 'Human nature's no different, understand?'
"Gant leads a volunteer army of ex-offenders, recovering addicts and community-minded residents on a daily war against Frankford Avenue trash.
"Make no mistake. Ray Gant considers it an honor just to be included among the social entrepreneurs nationally profiled in the recently released (and just in time for the holidays) book, Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time - especially when you consider how far he has come.
"But getting a glossy spread in a coffee-table book isn't why Gant started his nonprofit, the Ray of Hope Project, 10 years ago. All he wanted to do was give back the best way he knew how..."
Link to the Northeast Times Star article - November 14, 2012
"Two years ago, Ray Gant and volunteers from The Ray of Hope Project cleaned up McPherson Square. This Saturday, he'll be celebrated at McPherson Square Library at a book signing that profiles Gant and other community leaders.
"When Ray Gant visits the McPherson Square Library this weekend to sign copies of a book honoring his work around Philadelphia, he will be able to see proof that his work has made a difference...."