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The power of knowledge brings power to the people in North Memphis

'Knowledge is power' is an old adage, but for the nonprofit Our Grass Our Roots, it's a core philosophy for resident-led revitalization in North Memphis. “We’re not a housing community development. We don’t buy land. We don’t transform homes. We’re not doing giveaways. We’re doing informative...

Program pays at-risk teens and young adults to find and follow career goals

By A.J. Duggar III, High Ground News Teens and young adults are often in need of work experience, a steady job, or help deciding their next steps towards education and a long-term career path. For those who experience personal or family hardships and instabilities, achieving...

MEMShop expanding to Frayser and Whitehaven in 2020

By Jeff Hulett, High Ground News Frayser and Whitehaven will be the newest neighborhoods to shop local with MEMShop. Communities Unlimited’s MEMShop program will help Memphis-area entrepreneurs launch six new stores in early 2020. The business owners will receive assistance locating a vacant space, help negotiating...

College isn’t cheap. January workshop will help teens find music scholarships and nail auditions.

By Baris Gursakal, High Ground News Did you know that both music majors and non-music majors can get a music scholarship to cover college costs? PRIZM Ensemble will host its second annualCollege Audition Preparation Workshop on Saturday, January 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for...

GoDaddy supports small business in Memphis, premiers docu-series

By Cole Bradley, High Ground News Memphis entrepreneurs are getting national attention thanks to GoDaddy, the world's largest digital platform for small businesses, and their local nonprofit partner Communities Unlimited. On November 22, the organization hosted a premier at the Halloran Centre of its new short format doc-series,...

Dementia is isolating. In Memphis, Dorothy’s Place keeps people connected and helps slow decline.

People living with Alzheimer's and dementia can often become increasing isolated as their condition progresses. Social interaction and activities that stimulate the brain are critical to mental and behavioral health and help slow deterioration. Dorothy's Place is a day facility offering a solution to isolation for patients and their caregivers....

Neighborhood Justice: How Memphis’ Community Courts are reducing barriers to court appearances

By A.J. Duggar and Cole Bradley, High Ground News It happens. The mower breaks and the lawn gets high before repairs can be made. A car breaks down without money to fix it and sits on the street too long. According to the City of Memphis'...

Paulita Edmondson walks alongside Hickory Hill families to keep kids in their homes. Walk with her.

By A. J. Duggar, High Ground News High Ground News has covered Agape Child and Families Services in the past, but our coverage has general focused on the organization, new program or resulting impacts. We strive to include the voices of residents and front-line staff,...

STAARS focuses the fight against breast cancer on African Americans

By A.J. Duggar, High Ground News Once a month, warriors descend on the Hickory Hill Community Center. They're members of STAARS, a breast cancer group for African Americans. STAARS stands for Surviving, Thriving, African-Americans Rallying Support Witness Program. “Our meetings are very informative, educational and lively," said...

2019 State of Memphis Housing Summit stated the facts, offered solutions

By Cole Bradley, High Ground News The 2019 State of Memphis Housing Summit was held tOctober 29, at the Memphis Botanic Garden. The day-long event was intended to inform the work of the attending individuals and agencies with Memphis-specific examples, statistics, impacts and solutions towards quality...