New homeowners Caryn Braunstein and Emmanuel Rittner stand in front of their new home on 213 S. Driver St. Photo by: Preservation North Carolina

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 →

Swap-O-Rama-Rama highlights Scrap Exchange year of growth

Swap-O-Rama-Rama highlights Scrap Exchange year of growth

A long, red scrap of cloth and an old mirror wrapped in lights comprised the red-carpet centerpiece for an event Saturday, Feb. 15, that exemplified the Durham Scrap Exchange’s mission of creative reuse — the Swap-O-Rama-Rama. In return for a suggested donation of $10 and their own bag of old clothes, participants could peruse rows of clothing and shoes, then… Read more →

Carla Peake goes through the Center For Hope’s food stores after the storm. Even when the shelves are filled, the food goes quickly. Peake says it takes upwards of fifty cans of green beans for a single meal.
    Staff Photo by Zach Potter

Coming in from the cold at the Durham Rescue Mission

When resident William Spencer left his friend’s house at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 to catch the bus, he expected to be back at the Durham Rescue Mission’s Center for Hope in 30 minutes. He had no idea what the light snowfall would soon become. An hour later, when the bus still had not arrived, he decided to make… Read more →

Durham nonprofit makes early childhood count

Durham nonprofit makes early childhood count

When it comes to education, one East Durham nonprofit organization knows it’s important to start as early as possible. The East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) assembled a team in January to make sure at-risk children in the neighborhood get a head start on learning. Ebonyse Mead, one of EDCI’s early childhood parent advocates, said a lot of children’s brain development happens… Read more →

Garden manager Hilary Nichols sorts through packets of seeds in building’s largest space. (Staff photo by Kaitlyn Knepp)

SEEDS begin to blossom in renovated building

After a three-month delay, staff and volunteers of Durham’s 20-year-old community garden, SEEDS, moved into its newly renovated building at the end of January. SEEDS, a non-profit educational community garden, is still located on the corner of Gilbert and Elizabeth Streets, but in a new, user-friendly building. Plans for renovations have been in motion for nearly four years. Main construction… Read more →

Health Culp and Tracy Olsen work quickly to check out the longest ever line of customers in TROSA’s new thrift store.  “It’s been busy,” Culp said. “A lot of nice customers, a lot of support.”

TROSA thrift store moves, bringing bigger profits

An investment in a larger space for the Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA) thrift store  may mean double the revenue toward the organization’s bottom line, said Jeff Stern, TROSA’s director of special projects. That means more opportunities for folks like Sissy Hosay to learn a new trade and start a new life at no cost. Hosay works in… Read more →

TROSA resident Genna Vega (left) prepares to strike a ball held up by Duke volleyball player Alyse Whitaker. Vega, a TROSA resident whose niece played volleyball at Duke, participated in the Duke volleyball clinic on Jan. 31, 2014.

Duke volleyball makes recovery a team sport

Jolene Nagel stood by the net, dressed in a royal blue Duke jacket and holding a whistle in her hand. As Friday’s late afternoon light filtered through the gym windows, Nagel, Duke’s volleyball coach, peered at the attentive faces surrounding her. This was a different crowd, yet a familiar one. “What we’re going to try to do is go through… Read more →

Otis Lyons smiles while listening to the audition for Ridin wit' Joe Crack on Saturday afternoon at the Durham Country Main Library. (Staff photo by Melissa Key)

Former gang leader campaigns for change

  Once a drug dealer and the leader of a Durham gang, Otis Lyons now leads a movement called Campaign 4 Change to stop young people from falling into his former lifestyle. “A lot of kids that’s acting up they tell people that’s trying to help, ‘You don’t understand. You don’t live my life. You don’t walk in my shoes’…they… Read more →