One woman uses ‘bus stop prayer’ to transform violent neighborhood

August 27, 2014 | Updated: 9:11 p.m., August 27, 2014

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MARRERO, La. (WGNO) - They call her Ms. Angel, she prays at bus stops.

Why bus stops?  Bus stops are where she didn't get the support she needed, without guidance she succumbed to drugs and alcohol.  Ms. Angel now sits at a makeshift sanctuary on the very street she lost her way.

For the last three years, Ms Angel and her team have hit as many bus stops in their Marrero neighborhood as possible. Each morning they’re out in the neighborhood with apples and oranges, and they don't stop until 8:30 p.m.

Ms. Angel has a past.  She says she was bound by drugs and alcohol and lost ten years of her life to bad decision.  Until one day God told her she needed to help her community.

Now she's giving back to the kids.  She calls it "bus stop prayers." It isn't just praying though, she brings fruit and sometimes money and school supplies.  The younger kids get bible quizzes and the older kids, when ready, hear her story of drug addiction and how she was raped.

Ms. Angel hopes to give kids the support they need to not only get on the bus, but get A's and report crime when they see it.

You can contact The Royal Kings and Queens Community Outreach and Angel Nicholas through her Facebook page.