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Habitat digs deeper relationship in Northeast Central Durham

Habitat digs deeper relationship in Northeast Central Durham

When the family is working hard to buy a house, how can the children contribute? By planting blueberries! At least that was the answer Saturday afternoon Nov. 15 at the Angier Avenue Garden, where Durham Habitat for Humanity was testing a new program that will help children improve the neighborhood and buy houses. They will all reap the benefits of… Read more →

Veterans Helping Veterans of America: Durham nonprofit aids combat veterans

Veterans Helping Veterans of America: Durham nonprofit aids combat veterans

Ted Stephens knows firsthand the challenges many U.S. military veterans face when they return from duty. He spent two years fighting in the Vietnam War as a member of the Air Force. He was at one time homeless, living out of his car in San Diego. He suffered through alcohol and drug abuse. He’s been clean for years, but admits… Read more →

Stakeholders gather at ABC’s annual meeting

Stakeholders gather at ABC’s annual meeting

The reentry into society following incarceration presents an array of challenges, but the most fundamental hurdle is housing – a key issue at this year’s Antioch Builds Community, Inc. annual meeting. “Right now housing is the biggest issue we are facing,” said Alesha Jones-Garrett, regional former offender specialist at the North Carolina Department of Commerce and guest speaker. “We’re losing… Read more →

Commentary: Homelessness in Durham: Why it persists and how the city is fighting it

Commentary: Homelessness in Durham: Why it persists and how the city is fighting it

Editor’s Note: Staff writer Caitlin Ball was one of the photographers participating in the Oct. 10 Project Homeless Connect Durham event in which VOICE photographers made portraits for 55 people attending the support event at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. After spending the better part of the day meeting, talking to and photographing many Durham residents who wanted to improve their… Read more →

Unsung heroes of Housing for New Hope

Unsung heroes of Housing for New Hope

Rapid Rehousing Program Coordinator Cynthia Harris believes that affordable housing should be available to everyone. “We’re not afraid to talk to anyone,” Harris says. “And when people call us, even if we can’t help them, we’re willing to give them resources to put them in the right direction. We don’t want them to leave New Hope without having hope.” Harris,… Read more →

Self-run recovery houses help community overcome addiction

Self-run recovery houses help community overcome addiction

  After being hit by a series of life events – including a divorce and the deaths of a few loved ones – that drove Durham resident Dawn Sims to start drinking again after nine years of sobriety, Sims knew she needed a new strategy for getting clean and staying sober. Sims said that was when her counselor told her… Read more →

Project RED Offers New Homes, New Beginnings

Project RED Offers New Homes, New Beginnings

It’s been two years since the launch of Project RED (Revitalize East Durham)and two homes have already been sold. Homes on Hart Street and South Driver Street now belong to first-time homeowners. “Owning my own home has given me a sense of accomplishment,” said Kenny Parella, one of the homeowners. “I believed, for most of my life, that I would… Read more →