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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
Jul 18, 2012
Many local Latino communities suffer from a shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices. Cardenas Markets, with 29 stores, has filled that gap in the Inland Empire, offering a wide selection of meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as the ethnic foods that offer a taste of home for their Latino customers… learn More about Cardenas Markets is Bringing Fresh Food and Jobs to California’s Latino Communities
Jul 13, 2012
It’s a story that could only have happened in Houston, a city synonymous with cattle, the Space Age and, of course, oil. In 1955, the city’s economy was booming and group of civic leaders, led by Maestro Walter Herbert, set out to make it a center for opera, too… learn More about Uniting Communities through the Power and Beauty of the Opera
Jul 17, 2012
In 1999, the state of Michigan lifted the residency requirement for City of Detroit employees; over the next ten years, many employees left the City… learn More about Revitalizating Detroit One Police Officer at a Time