Couple rebuilds Sharswood community one house at a time

Act of kindness saves one man from eviction

Cherri Gregg
May 08, 2018 - 12:13 pm
Greg Bullock

Cherri Gregg-KYW Newsradio

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NORTH PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Greg Bullock is grateful.

"It's unbelievable that somebody would have that much kindness in their heart," he said.

He's rented and lived in the same home at 26th and Master streets for 25 years, but last month when the building's owner decided to sell, he was stuck.

Raised on this block, Bullock turned the space into a safe haven.

"I always wanted this to be a drug-free zone," he added. That same home was where he raised his son, Devon, a basketball star loved by the community.

"He actually got shot a couple blocks from here and he ran back to this corner where he collapsed right here on the corner," he recalled of his son, who was murdered May 5, 2014.

Now, the house is a place where Devon is remembered.

"Our blood is in this ground," he added.

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Bullock was days away from being evicted because he didn't have the money to buy the house — but Danielle and Greg Parker did.

The couple, who grew up in the neighborhood, paid $140,000 for the property, with the intent to rebuild the community.

On top of that, they will let Bullock continue living in the house.

"We will open up a business for him and he's going to run it," said the Parkers, who also bought properties at 29th and Master streets. They'll transform the space into another learning center, focusing on home ownership and financing.

For Bullock, the Parkers' investment is a "miracle" and a chance to remember his son.

"I felt that if we stayed here we could be a beacon of light," he said.