Siarra Dremonas is active in the youth programs at the New Life Center in Cedar Grove. She said that she loves her community, but beyond the walls of the church is a culture of crime and drugs.
"Before all of the drugs and stuff happened you could just walk out on your porch and not have to worry about getting shot or killed or anything," Dremonas described. "But now you just watch your back, lock your car, lock your door and just kind of hope that you wake up alive in the morning."
Church pastor Travis McCracken said the problem is difficult to ignore.
"I see what goes on on the streets," McCracken said. "We've even found needles outside of our church. You almost feel unsafe to be out and about at night."
The church has a ministry called Celebrate Recovery aimed at helping addicts recover. To learn more about the program follow the link.