Cook: A way out of the wilderness: one man's work to restore hope one life at a time

THUMBNAIL ONLY: Mike Gordon and Troy Rogers
photo Contributed photo / Mike Gordon, right, recently began a new nonprofit called Pursuit of Happiness. Troy Rogers, public safety coordinator for the city, stands to his left and is a member of the board of directors.

Ten days ago, local police arrested a 13-year-old for shooting a 14-year-old.

The moment did not have to happen. It was not ordained, fated or destined by God.

Instead, moments like these are often explosions at the end of a long line of chaos, trauma and neglect.

This - fear, anger, helplessness - causes that.


It can all be interrupted.

What if you could go back in time, five, six, seven years prior? What if you could intervene? What if you could help troubled children become whole?

This - love, attention, care - causes that.