Private Charity Transforms Neighborhood

A millionaire was able to decrease crime and increase graduation rates by private charity.

Here’s a fascinating story that was recently publicized on Facebook by Young Americans for Liberty:

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Harris Rosen went from a childhood in a rough New York City neighborhood to becoming a millionaire whose company owns seven hotels in Orlando, but his self-made success is not his proudest achievement.

Twenty years ago, the Orlando, Fla. neighborhood of Tangelo Park was a crime-infested place where people were afraid to walk down the street. The graduation rate at the local high school was 25 percent. Having amassed a fortune from his success in the hotel business, Rosen decided Tangelo Park needed some hospitality of its own.

“Hospitality really is appreciating a fellow human being,” Rosen told Gabe Gutierrez in a segment that aired on TODAY Wednesday. “I came to the realization that I really had to now say, ‘Thank you.’’’

Rosen, 73, began his philanthropic efforts by paying for day care for parents in Tangelo Park, a community of about 3,000 people. When those children reached high school, he created a scholarship program in which he offered to pay free tuition to Florida state colleges for any students in the neighborhood.

In the two decades since starting the programs, Rosen has donated nearly $10 million, and the results have been remarkable. The high school graduation rate is now nearly 100 percent, and some property values have quadrupled. The crime rate has been cut in half, according to a study by the University of Central Florida.

Why is it one man—investing his own money—can transform virtually an entire community for $10-million while the Federal government plunders trillions of other people’s money and creates a worse Hell than when they started?

[See also, “What to Do with Free Money? Welfare v. Work Ethic.”]

Could it be that the Federal government’s goal is amassing votes, not helping the peoples’ success?

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Perhaps those helped feel a greater responsibility and sense of accountability when they know the one who is sacrificing his own wealth to help them?

Whatever the reasons, I think we need 10,000 more Harris Rosens and to close down the entire, unconstitutional welfare system. Haven’t bureaucrats destroyed enough lives already, with their incompetence, theft, and lack of real concern?

If it saves one child, one family, one community from a cancerous sense of entitlement, (and stops stealing trillions of dollars from taxpayers), won’t it be worth it?