UMD Food Pantry and Clothes Closet working to make life better

By Christina Herring

February 11, 2016

With winter in full swing, Urban Ministries of Durham is extending a helping hand to families experiencing homelessness and poverty in North East Central Durham. According to Bryan Gilmer, the director of marketing and development, Urban Ministries of Durham is a result of a merger of three previous non-profits and one of those was called […]

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The School of Hard Knocks rocks

By jock

  It was a cold, rainy night when David Johnson wandered into The School of Hard Knocks. Twenty-eight-year old Johnson is a Durham resident currently staying at the Durham Rescue Mission. “I was just wandering by when I seen the lights on,” Johnson said, “It’s my first time here, but I’ll be back.” He spent […]

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EDCI Preschool: One year and going strong

By jock

The East Durham Children’s Initiative’s preschool, just celebrated its one year anniversary, and they have a lot to be proud of. The preschool, a collaboration between the Latino Educational Achievement Partnership and the City of Durham’s Parks and Recreation Department, is enjoying great success. The preschool, located on Harvard Avenue, is at full capacity with […]

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A peek into the NCCU TV Studio

By Yusuf Shah and Kristine Royster

February 9, 2016

The Durham VOICE interns from Partners for Youth Opportunity decided to visit NCCU’s TV Studio to learn more other types of media. The TV Studio is located on the first floor of the Farrison­–Newton Communications building on campus. Felecia Casey­–Hicks, the NCCU TV Studio manager, showed the staff the basics of putting on a production. […]

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Job training program provides second chances

By Yusuf Shah

“We help everyone, no matter their previous experience or issue,” said Greg Hardy, the job development director at Center for Employment Training. That is the message being sent out to Durham by CET, located at 807 E. Main St. in the Golden Belt Building. CET assists people in finding a career that best fits their […]

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Urban Ministries of Durham, McKinney campaign approaching $100,000 goal

By Ryan Wilusz

February 3, 2016

James Tilley left Durham for a fresh start, lured by the opportunities of West Virginia coal mining. The work he found was gritty, but it paid the bills. But following a work-related injury and a divorce from his wife, Tilley lost everything. He became homeless. On a recent chilly afternoon, he bundled up in his […]

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Seeds and swords: community garden hosts after-school dance program

By Cole McCauley

Community garden SEEDS, found at 706 Gilbert Street, has been known for its community gardening and youth education since 1994.  But the students involved in the SEEDS after-school program will be learning more than nature and gardening in the months to come. Youth Educator Thaddeus Bennett is bringing Chinese mixed martial arts choreography to his […]

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Durham senior center as vital as ever

By Travis Butler

Since 1949, the Durham Center for Senior Life (DCSL) has served the elderly community of Durham. Though it has seen its name changed twice over the years, DCSL has never given up on enhancing the lives of seniors in the community, according to Liz Lahti, director of senior programs at DCSL. DCSL is an independent […]

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Stopping the violence

By Bradley Saacks

Bishop Arnold Harris has his Barnabas. Barnabas, an early church leader according to the Bible, became known as the son of encouragement because of his accommodating disposition — traits Harris saw in his own son, Santiago Rochelle. In an incredibly cruel twist of irony, Harris, who has held the Stop The Violence outreach ministry at […]

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