Started by a young woman wanting simply to live out the gospel, loving her neighbor as herself, Laundry Matters is a vibrant community center and more. It’s church-as-laundromat, laundromat-as-church.
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Apple, pumpkin, blueberry or pecan, sometimes a pie is more than a pie. To a group of teenage girls in Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa, pies mean jobs, education, faith development and reconciliation.
Father Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries is not a Christian who is also a social entrepreneur. He is a Christian social entrepreneur, his faith animating how he leads and serves.
Fr. Gregory Boyle gathers with former gang members whose lives have been transformed by the nonprofit he founded and leads, Homeboy Industries. Photos courtesy of Homeboy Industries
LA’s Homeboy Industries is the world’s largest gang intervention, rehab and re-entry program. But at the core of its work and ministry are notions of blessing, gift and miracle, says the organization’s founder and executive director.
Early every weekday morning, day laborers check in at In Every Story to pick up their job assignments and, hopefully, begin to transition to a better life.
Photos by Leigh Webber
Derek Snook's social enterprise staffing company, In Every Story, pays higher wages, rewards reliability and hard work, and aims to transition workers to full-time jobs.
Jeff Kaplan saw a problem with the toxins in the stuff in our homes, so he and his partners began selling toxin-free home furnishings. His vision is to transform the industry.
Photo courtesy of New Living
Innovation begins with carefully listening to a community and defining the problems it’s facing. Then social innovators act, learning from failure and building on success, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
The nonprofit Cy-Hope has opened two Hope Centers, where 50-80 kids stop by after school each week to have a safe, fun place to hang out and get help with their homework.
Images courtesy of Cy-Hope
Members of Foundry UMC discovered deep needs in the seemingly prosperous suburb where the church is located. They responded by creating a nonprofit that has helped thousands of economically disadvantaged children.
Detail from a graphic record of a facilitated discussion in Vancouver, B.C., in which participants talked about what belonging and community mean. The artists included examples of local community development in the drawing. Illustration by Liz Etmanski and Aaron Johannes/Spectrum Consulting
People who want to help low-income communities should see them as “half-full glasses” -- places with strengths and capacities that can be built upon, says the co-developer of the asset-based community development strategy.