April 30, 2018

Editors Note: Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) is grounded in the belief that every Memphis neighborhood includes people who have dreams for their neighborhood and who are willing to invest themselves in those dreams. Throughout 2018 we will profile some of th...

August 26, 2016

Last fall, Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) provided grants to three Shalom Zones to help them implement projects to improve education in their neighborhoods. These were small grants, but we knew that even a small amount of resources in the hands of our Shalom...

December 9, 2015

 Meet some of the people who make up the Binghampton Shalom Zone. Established in 1999, the Binghampton Shalom Zone is one of the oldest Shalom Zones in Memphis. 

August 16, 2013

Carl Awsumb was so excited on that Saturday in July, when more children showed up than ever before.  With fifteen to twenty children and few adults it was almost too much of a good thing.  They picked one hundred pints of blackberries – the most ever – and sold them at...

November 29, 2012

One of the first questions posed to the gathering of 300 community members in Memphis on Nov. 14 urged attendees to consider the gifts they have to offer of themselves, and that introspective concept sits in Carl Awsumb’s mind as he looks back at what inspired him mo...

October 19, 2012

Part way through an interview discussing his experience with urban renewal and community building, Christian Man, puts the journalist on hold.

“I’ve just got to deliver these groceries,” he says, and in the muffled distance he can be heard discussing the upcoming harves...

December 12, 2011

About six years ago, Carl Awsumb read a front-page article in a Memphis newspaper about the amount of violent crime in the city and how it seems that practically everybody was buying a firearm and learning how to use it.

“I was so horrified by that,” he recalls.

That art...

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