October 9, 2017

Editor's Note: On September 29, CTC gathered with 100 of our neighbors, friends, and supporters for a celebration of the 10th anniversary of The Commons on Merton - a multitenant nonprofit office and community center in Binghampton. During the celebration, Billy Vaugha...

September 21, 2017

“God did not call me to be a property manager.”

While I may not have spoken these words out loud, almost ten years ago they were definitely in my head! The words come from the time early in my career with Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) when I was fully resist...

November 26, 2014

“I think that the whole project [The Commons on Merton] is making a difference in the neighborhood and whole community. Door of Hope is just a piece of that, but it is fun being a piece of a bigger whole and a bigger mission.”

This quote is from Andy Jacuzzi, Executive...

November 24, 2014

Camela Echols Blackmon, known as “Cam,” is a native Memphian. She got her start working as a social service director for the United Methodist Neighborhood Centers running a thrift store and distributing food baskets and clothes to those in need. Although she worked wel...

November 17, 2014

There are 21 stained glass windows at The Commons. It’s one of the perks of working here. Walking along corridors, up stairwells, into and out of the old sanctuary – Just about everywhere I go there are stained glass windows.

 
Sometimes in the late afternoon the light...

July 10, 2014

Not too long ago, I had the privilege of sitting down and talking with Floridia Jackson, a Memphis native who has most recently become the Director of the Memphis School of Servant Leadership. Floridia has been active with this school for several years. She started off...

November 12, 2013

In China's culture the thought is often articulated through the concept and practice of feng-shui  -the system that governs spatial arrangements to create a sense of energy or aura. It is believed that when arranged properly with the necessary elements in the most appr...

October 30, 2012

When Cam Echols thinks of her work as the executive director of the Refugee Empowerment Program (REP), she speaks of a calling that motivates her to open arms to strangers planting new roots in her Memphis neighborhood.Welcoming a stranger is a calling of faith, she sa...

October 27, 2012

Their faces are honest and raw, at times looking withered and worn beneath the many lines of worry and sadness, but glints of hope sparkle in the corners of eyes that have witnessed the hardships of life on the streets. They are the Forgotten Faces of Memphis, captured...