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What is the PORCH Initiative?

Following two years of learning, team-building and discussion, the PORCH initiative is ready to get to work ushering in a new era in the City’s most infamous neighborhood. People Organized to Revitalize Community Healing (PORCH) will use the Purpose Built Community (PBC) model to fix big problems facing South Cape and build a future of opportunity for all of its residents. “When you have a history of crime, or stories about crime,” explained Dr. Tamara Zellars Buck, Vice Chair of PORCH, “that becomes the story people tell. You create a culture in the community.” Buck, and others from the neighborhood, took part in a documentary-type video produced by Southeast Missouri… Read More »What is the PORCH Initiative?