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Oct 19, 2012
In 2004, entrepreneur Stacy Johnson made a momentous decision. Over the past six years, she had painstakingly grown Stacia, her retail clothing business, from a single storefront and design studio in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn to a popular product line carried in 300 boutiques in the U.S. and abroad… learn More about How the California Lifestyle Inspired a Successful Fashion Brand
Aug 30, 2012
Los Angeles, with some of the most expensive real estate in the country, ranks as one of the least affordable housing markets in the U.S., with 30% of people living in substandard housing or homeless.To combat this, nonprofit Habit for Humanity Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) has developed a range of affordable home ownership programs that serve low-income families and individuals… learn More about Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles Revitalizes Communities—One House, One Family at a Time
Sep 26, 2012
The Pilsen community in Chicago has been a port of entry for new immigrants for over 130 years, first for Eastern Europeans and more recently, for working-class Hispanics. But through the waves of immigration there has been one constant: the ongoing need for rental housing for the community’s low-income residents… learn More about The Resurrection Project Is Working to Revitalize the Pilsen Community with Affordable Housing
Sep 26, 2012
From adoption services to elder care, we're helping one Chicago organization connect thousands of families with what they need to build a brighter future… learn More about A 150-Year-Old Organization Helps Families Grow In Chicago
Sep 26, 2012
Despite significant strides being made for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community, support is still needed for individuals who need a safe place to explore issues of identity and gain useful skills. Center on Halsted, located in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, set out to create that supportive and nurturing environment… learn More about Chicago’s Center on Halsted Offers Programs and Social Services for the Local LGBTQ Community