Launched with support from the William Penn Foundation, the Exemplars Project sought to identify, spotlight, and build awareness of congregation-based programs and social services that are particularly innovative, affordable, and effective. This initiative, which was piloted in Philadelphia and presents opportunities for replication nationwide, offers new evidence of the centrality of sacred places in community life.
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by Ann de Forest In the boiler room in the back of an old urban church, a barber with a graying goatee and a do-rag has set up a small but serviceable “salon.” “I’ll make you look like a prince and feel like a king,” the barber, Bruce, promises as he drapes a...Read More
by Ann de Forest As a child, Adan Mairena dreamed of being a filmmaker when he grew up. Second on his list was becoming a singer (“Doesn’t everybody dream of that?” he jokes). Instead, the Honduras native followed in his parents’ footsteps and became a...Read More