Nonprofit organization works to rehabilitate hate group members

A group of former racists and homophobes is now planning to visit Charlottesville.

A group of former racists and homophobes is planning to visit Charlottesville.

Tony McAleer is the co-founder of "Life after Hate," a nonprofit that is dedicated to inspiring individuals who wish to leave a life of hate and violence. McAleer says he went through deep therapy after having his first child because he didn't want to pass on his own hate.

The group has received thousands of calls since the violence in Charlottesville, people have even been offering to volunteer and donate.

The help comes at a difficult time for the group. McAleer says they were promised $400,000 from the Department of Homeland Security to help them fight hate crimes and transform members of hate groups.

However, that was under the Obama administration and the funding has not come through under the Trump White House.

McAleer says the most powerful request for help came from a man who watched 32-year-old Heather Heyer take her last breath. Heyer died after being hit by a car while counter-protesting the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12.

"Life After Hate" is still putting together plans for a visit. 13News Now will follow them when they come.

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