COMMUNITY

Rebuilding a Chicago Neighborhood

History professor turned small-scale affordable housing developer Jovita Baber believes everyone deserves to live in a beautiful environment. She’s found a way to turn her ideals into action, through her company, Historic Homes, reviving some of Chicago’s great buildings in neglected neighborhoods. She’s making them into affordable rentals, employing local workers, and helping to rebuild a whole community.

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A Lifeboat in Uncertain Times

What to do when the news is too much to bear? This summer ended with two mass shootings in a single day. These events left Americans feeling lost and helpless, wondering what we could to do to set things right. Here’s how home can be a lifeboat in uncertain times, providing comfort and serenity — and a place to gather strength.

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Restoring Things, Renewing Lives

My interest in R & R (restoring and repurposing) along with my prior experience as an executive coach, led me to volunteer at the Restoration Project, a retail shop and vocational rehabilitation program for adolescents and adults with emotional and neurological challenges.

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Knowing Where You Live

Wendell Berry says, “Part of manners used to be to say to somebody you just met, Where are you from?” I quit asking because so many people say… everywhere and nowhere.”

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Laundry Love — A New Way of Giving Back

Since 2003 dedicated church members across the country have been helping low-income families and individuals with the wash. The practice started in California when someone asked a homeless man what would make a difference in his life.

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Houses are Ephemeral

No one captures America’s transition from homesteading to rootlessness better than the heartland writer Marilynne Robinson. In her luminous novel, Housekeeping, a family’s sense of place evaporates in just three generations. Are some of us natural nesters and others born vagabonds?

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