OMAHA (FOX42KPTM) - After a drive-by shooting over 10 years ago left a young man dead in front of her house, Apostle Vanessa Ward decided she needed to make a change.
Ward created a community block party that has been going strong every summer for the past 18 years.
"The rules, no drugs, no alcohol and no trouble, people want to be in that kind of environment. My husband just passed in June. It hasn't been a year that touched me because he kept saying from his deathbed keep giving the block parties," says Ward.
She now has a street named after her.
Wards daughter Va'Chona Graves says her mother's effort and impact on the community is inspiring not only for her but for others.
"What used to be called Death's Valley, we now call it Hope's Alley."
Giving hope to others is what Ward says it's all about.
"Begin to see what can I do, right where I'm at, school, work, church, you now wherever, and then move on it. I see a movement."
Congratulations Apostle Vanessa Ward for being February's Jefferson Award Winner.
If you know someone who is doing good in their community nominate them for the Jefferson Award.
Each month FOX 42 will honor one person that is positively impacting their community and next year one of our winners will win a trip to Washington D.C.