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Jul 02, 2012
The Seattle community has been dedicated to helping poor and homeless families for decades: providing meals and investing in shelters, short-term housing and long-term housing. Still, Evelyn Allen, Director of Village Spirit Center, a program of Catholic Housing Services (CHS), which has been serving communities in crisis for 95 years, noticed seven years ago that efforts in Seattle and the surrounding King County area were falling short of addressing the root the causes of homelessness… learn More about Finding a Way Home for Families in Seattle
Jul 16, 2012
In the United States, low-income students are more likely to drop out of high school and less likely to apply for and attend college. These students often lack the support and guidance to navigate the complexities of the college application and decision process, and the role models to showcase the benefits of higher education… learn More about Preparing Low-Income Youth for College and Career
Jul 16, 2012
The San Francisco Bay Area is surrounded by beautiful bay waters and the Pacific Ocean where a community of boating enthusiasts from beginners to experts enjoy their favorite recreational pastime 12 months out of the year… learn More about Setting the Sails of the Bay Area’s Maritime Community
Jul 19, 2012
In the early 1970s, four Native American men founded Native American Connections (NAC), an organization to assist a growing population of Native American men in Phoenix who as a result of leaving their reservations in pursuit of employment became homeless, often abused alcohol and other substances… learn More about How a Grassroots Organization Grew to Support an Entire Community
Jul 18, 2012
Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights started as a vibrant and diverse community, home to successive waves of immigrants. However, in the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s, the lack of investment in infrastructure and public services led to rising crime rates, graffiti-covered walls, and a lack of amenities like supermarkets that offered fresh food… learn More about New Affordable Housing Adds to the Revitalization of L.A.’s Boyle Heights