Non-profits

The Scrap Exchange plans a reuse arts district

By Elise Clouser

February 15, 2017

In one room of the massive warehouse that houses The Scrap Exchange in Durham, blue barrels brim over with paint swatches in every color and buttons of every shape. In another section, shaky shelves are piled high with fabric bundles and scrapbook paper. The walls of a snaking hallway display the art of professionals and amateurs alike. […]

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Mentor, Dan Brenner, helps Durham community with job placement

By Mckenna Lea

  Happy, kind and generous are all words that can be used to describe Dan Brenner. The depths of these qualities are exemplified in the work he does across the Durham community. In his retirement, Brenner volunteers with both Partners for Youth Opportunity and StepUp Ministry in Durham, helping those in need to get back on […]

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Mayor’s Challenge program helps disabled veterans find a home

By Olivia Browning

Larry Sims, 56, served in the military for 10 years. He also knows what it’s like to not have a place to call home. “I was unemployed and didn’t know anything about the area,” Sims said. “I stayed everywhere from the Durham Rescue Mission, to shelters — even at a bus stop.” Sims is one […]

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CAARE: 20 years of healing and going strong

By Ti-Vianna Webster

    Many nonprofits come and go, but for more than 20 years, CAARE is still caring for the Durham community. Their sign, bright red, in the middle of Broadway Street in Durham, invites people in. Upon entering they will find someone with a big grin and friendly voice to greet them. The painted walls, […]

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Kidznotes inspires Durham students through music, community

By Elise Clouser

February 1, 2017

Within the wide hallways of the Holton Career and Resource Center, musical melodies and rhythms float through the air on a Saturday morning. In one classroom, a loud, clear choir of children’s voices sings a hymn, “Of the Father’s Love Begotten.” In another room, a trio of young musicians practices “Hot Cross Buns” on child-sized […]

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Getting connected with TLC

By Molly Smith

In six months, a 30-year-old man from Florida went from nearly illiterate to reading at a fifth-grade level, all thanks to the Triangle Literacy Council. This is just one of hundreds of success stories. The Triangle Literacy Council has offices in both Durham and Raleigh, and reaches out in the community to teach literacy skills […]

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Bull City Fresh Start brings homeless Durham residents and services together

By Jarely Parada and Olivia Browning

Mark Brunner, formerly of Augusta, Ga., lives in the woods, but intends to make a big change in the coming year. “I ain’t gonna live like this forever,” he said. Brunner made full use of the resources offered at Project Homeless Connect during a comprehensive event called Bull City Fresh Start, held at the Durham […]

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NCCU’s 100 Black Men help feed homeless at Durham Rescue Mission

By Homer Fennell

November 13, 2016

  On a warm, breezy Wednesday afternoon the Durham Rescue Mission welcomed students from North Carolina Central University’s 100 Black Men organization who came to work serving residents in the Mission’s cafeteria. When they arrived about 30 minutes before dinner at the Hope Center, the 12 young men from Central found a warm and inviting […]

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It’s not Just a bank… It’s a diaper bank

By Travon Wallace

October 7, 2016

  You don’t normally associate the word diaper with bank, but that’s not the case here in Durham where Michelle Old made her diaper bank dream a reality. Michelle Old, the Founder of “Diaper Bank of North Carolina”, says that the diaper bank was started back in 2013 on a kitchen table, after she and […]

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