LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Darlene Lewis has made it her life's mission to help ex-convicts and felons find jobs. But two weeks ago, the city gave her business just 30 days to vacate.
"If they valued the work that I do and they appreciated the work that I do, then we wouldn't be going through this," Lewis said.
She's been working with the Lewis-Burnett Employment Finder for 30 years in the city and four years at the Willie Henton Center. She said 25 people come through each day and 6,000 each year. So she's devastated that she might have to leave.
"Well I had a stroke, approximately in January," Lewis said.
It left her hospital and rehab bound for months. During that time, she fell behind on rent payments for her organization. Unable to raise the money for rent, the city asked her business to vacate the building.