Good neighbors are golden
Hurricane Michael brought strong winds and occasional torrential rains to Durham. On my block, within minutes of a tree cracking down the middle and falling into the street, neighbors showed up with a chain saw and quickly cleared it away. Their quick actions were greatly appreciated; after all, the street is on a bus route!
Students going after those scholarships
Tivon Madison reports that the recent Infinite Scholars Scholarship Fair was a rousing success. More than 300 high school students met with 45 college and universities from around the country and $7 million in scholarships will soon be disbursed for the upcoming school year. Learn more about the Infinite Scholars Program and get tips on finding and applying for scholarships by clicking here.
Big grant for the Criminal Justice Resource Center
The US Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance for Improving Reentry for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness has awarded a $749,000 grant to Durham’s Criminal Justice Resource Center (326 E Main St). A 3-year program will be set up to provide standardized screening and assessment, to work in partnership with local organizations to provide collaborative comprehensive case management, and to work with individuals both before and after release from prison to help guide them toward a successful life and away from crime, substance abuse, and despair. Click here to learn more about the CJRC and its programs and services.
A new show in the works
This is a prototype of my niece, Jihan Murray-Smith’s new show, “Simply Jihan.” Her husband, Jason Henderson, is the show’s producer and creative director.
Help older Durhamites in need
The Durham Center for Senior Life’s Food Drive is still underway because the need for helping older residents get access to food and toiletry items is year-round.. You can help by placing items in the Food Pantry box in the lobby (406 Rigsbee Ave). DCSL’s Food Pantry is open weekdays (by appointment), and men and women age 60+ can choose to take home whatever they need. Any donations you, your house of worship, or other group can make would be appreciated.
Call social services coordinator Alicia Allen at 919-688-8247 x103 for more information.
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