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Joseph Darius Jaafari

15 December 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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The Belle Reve House in Louisiana houses and treats low-income and homeless people living with AIDS. The house offers wraparound services and works to keep the virus at almost undetectable levels. Residents are less l...

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

13 October 2018

Buffalo, New York, United States

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Buffalo uses its historic architecture to attract international visitors. The city offers tax credits to developers who remodel and renovate old buildings. The effort also helps attract young people back to the city.

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

29 August 2018

Rockford, Michigan, United States

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Across the United States, communities and local churches are coming together to create farming projects that utilize unused, church-owned land. The farming ventures typically benefit students and families throughout t...

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

24 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Teens exposed to gang violence in Chicago have gained guidance from veterans. The mentorship program, operated through the YMCA, has helped young people connect with adults who can relate to their experiences.

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

17 August 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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New Orleans, Louisiana is infamously known as a place of cultural celebration and community, but it's also a city plagued by consistent flooding. To reduce the impacts of heavy rainfall, one city-backed initiative is ...

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

10 August 2018

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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A human rights center is working with government agencies to identify the remains of people who died crossing the U.S. border. The partnership is helping the families of the dead find out what happened to their loved ...

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

26 July 2018

Bedford Hills, New York, United States

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Training inmates to raise service dogs can benefit everyone involved. Inmates gain skills and a sense of purpose, and the dogs go on to help wounded veterans and first responders. “I’ve been here for years,” says a se...

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

10 July 2018

United States

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Truckers are ideally placed to spot and report sex trafficking. “They’ve been trained to be vigilant and they’re on the city streets, pulling into areas and being put up in hotels where this happens,” says Kylla Lanie...

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

9 July 2018

Canada

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Since 1996, Roots of Empathy, a Toronto-based non-profit, has designed and administered empathy-based curriculum for elementary school students. What makes this program unique? Roots of Empathy brings newborn babies i...

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

22 June 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The Gay Officers League in the New York Police Department started in the early 1980s when memories of the Stonewall Riots were still fresh to support gay officers in the NYPD while also improving relations between the...

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

17 April 2018

United States

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The "creation-care" movement advocates for action on climate change from an evangelical, human-centered perspective. These activists stress the impacts of climate change on daily life, human beings, and the creation m...

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

6 March 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic technique that accesses and heals trauma by mimicking brain processes present during sleep. New studies have found that EMDR has been effective in ...

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

30 January 2018

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

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Justin Ponton was a drug user in a town with a high incidence of opioid addiction. After he got clean he dedicated his life to helping others do the same—he runs a recovery home that doesn't turn anyone away for lack ...

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

21 September 2017

New Mexico, United States

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Americans in the technology field were finding it hard to get work in much of the country. Additionally companies were growing tired of the problems associated with outsourcing to other countries. Now, American compan...

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

20 September 2017

Colorado, United States

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Colorado views the cycle of poverty as being propelled by unplanned pregnancy. This led to their bipartisan supported funding program for birth control, that is especially useful in rural areas.

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