FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- The shooting death of nine-year old Jamyla Bolden shook the Ferguson community, inspiring them to reach out and give back. That includes one group who is helping to give the girl’s family a fresh start with a new home
“After everything happened, I couldn’t go back in the house,” said Jamyla’s mother, Kendra Bolden. “It means a lot for our mental stability, knowing that we have somewhere safe to go.”
On August 18, Jamyla was shot and killed in her home in the 9200 block of Ellison Drive. She was lying on her mother’s bed, doing her homework. Bolden`s mother was also wounded in the shooting.
The death was a shock for the girl’s family, her classmates and teachers at Koch Elementary, and the rest of the Ferguson community. On Friday, the Nehamiah Program, along with The Home Depot, friends, politicians and pastors put the finishing touches on a new home for the family,
“It give us no greater pleasure than to provide someone with a home and give them a place to have a fresh start,” said Chris Wendling from the Home Depot.
There is fresh paint, a cleaned up yard, and even holiday decorations.
“We want them to be comfortable. We want them to have a place then can rest and call home.”
Kendra Bolden said, “You know, to have it happen right before Christmas when it’s kind of tough for us. She’s not here anymore.”
The family calls the community’s support a blessing.
“Thank you to everyone involved. All the letters and cards and the outpouring of prayers and support.”
The Nehemiah Program has been working to help and heal Ferguson by renovating eight homes in the area. They are up to seven. For more information on how you can help, donate, or volunteer, visit www.nehemiahprogramus.com or drop by their office located at 10089 West Florissant.