‘Saving trees and saving lives’: Urban Ashes expands nationally with the help of ex-inmates

During an early September 1988 morning, Calvin Evans and a friend set out on what was supposed to be a routine drug run.

But the deal suddenly went south. The acquaintance they were buying from stole their dope, leading Evans’ friend to shoot and kill the man. The Mt. Clemens police hit Evans, then 18 years old, with a second-degree murder charge.

While Evans maintains he wasn’t the shooter, he doesn’t deny a role in the crime, and he admits that he “lived by the code of the street” and existed in a desperate situation likely to end with his own death or a life sentence.

Thus, he considered the 25- to 40-years he received for the murder a sort of blessing in disguise that forced him to assess his life.

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Urban Ashes Featured in FOX2 News Special

Ann Arbor, Michigan-based social enterprise Urban Ashes was featured in Rebuild Detroit, a series of stories that take a closer look at how passionate organizations as well as residents are using unique tools and unconventional ways to rebuild the Motor City.

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