Category: Features

James Ivy Found Courage To Explore His Destiny Thanks To StepUp Ministry

James Adam Ivy Jr.’s love for cutting hair started in the era where men wore suits and ties but his skill was born out of necessity. When he couldn’t afford the high top fades that were in style, he started cutting his own. His father, who was always impeccably dressed, supported his dream. “I remember

The Center for Child and Family Health is Creating a Mentally Healthier Durham Community by Preventing and Treating Childhood Trauma

Just four minutes from downtown Durham, a two-story red brick building sits on a street corner adjacent to a food co-op and across from a Joe Van Gogh. The building, which looks like your average office building, is easy for the average resident to miss. But for the people seeking it out, it’s impossible to

Zack Hair is Surviving in Durham and He Wants You To Know It

Zack Hair is sweating. He’s standing inside of Open Table Ministry’s Free Store, checking out his deodorant options while the brisk air conditioning rains down, yet thick beads are forming on his temples, forehead, and cheeks. His shirt is sticking to his lower back and he’s slurring his words, not much but enough to notice

If You’re Homeless in Durham, Open Table Ministry’s Free Store is the Best Kept Secret

Tuesdays and Thursdays are Free Store Day at Open Table Ministry, where homeless residents from all over Durham County make their way to the basement of the Trinity United Methodist Church to sort through donated garments, shoes, and toiletries, taking with them what they need to survive. On these days, the hallways of the worn,

Omar Obaydi’s Rise from Resettled Refugee to RISE Camp’s Cultural Broker

Omar Obaydi immigrated to the United States nearly 7 years ago but you wouldn’t know it was that recent unless he told you. Dressed in a green polo shirt and sharp slacks, Obaydi walks around with what feels like a perpetual smile. He’s both confident and approachable. That’s a good thing because in his free

Prepare for Hurricane Dorian with NC 2-1-1

Hurricane Dorian is en route to North Carolina. It’s time to start preparing. United Way of the Greater Triangle is here to help. NC 2-1-1, a United Way-funded resource, is standing by to provide emergency assistance to all North Carolina residents who might be affected by the strong storm. Here’s what you can do to

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