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Weekly Reader April 18, 2019

Updated: Oct 9, 2019

1. $6.3 Million in Grants Awarded by CFT's W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund to Drive Social Innovation

By: Communities Foundation of Texas, Nadine Dechausay

"CFT is the custodian of the Caruth Fund, the foundation’s largest endowment donated by William Walter Caruth, Jr. to advance innovative and evidence-based solutions to significant community challenges in the areas of education, public safety, health, and medical and scientific research. Mr. Caruth aspired to combine his heart for giving with the tools of entrepreneurship and scientific inquiry to bring about widespread community improvements, and these grants will advance those goals.

Of the fifteen awards:Nine seek to either improve educational outcomes for children and adults or advance institutional effectiveness through leadership and equity training, performance measurement or technology.Two of the grants aim to reduce crime and, in one case, build community connections by reclaiming neglected land.Four of the grants seek to improve the health and resilience of families through direct service or increased access to fresh food."

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2. Dr. George Keaton: Remembering Black Dallas

By: Dallas Doing Good, Hunter Lacey

"Dr. Keaton became very serious about documenting the history of his family around the time he was a senior in college at North Texas State University (now known as the University of North Texas). “I started doing quite a bit of research about that one family line [the Turner family] who I had a lot of prior information on. That’s how I got into preservation of Dallas and my family’s history,” Dr. Keaton said.

Following his graduation from UNT, he went on to get a master’s degree in clinical counseling as well as a degree in guidance counseling. Around the time Dr. Keaton was finishing graduate school, he became involved with a nonprofit research organization called Black Dallas Remembered. The organization was run by Dr. Mamie L. McKnight, a woman who was passionate about educating citizens on the history of black people in Dallas, a history that often went undocumented and then forgotten. “I was a life member of Black Dallas Remembered. I was very impressed by what this older woman was doing – she was probably close to 70 at the time and she carried that organization for a period of 30 years.”

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3. Opportunity Zones: Luring Investors To Poor Neighborhoods In Exchange For Tax Breaks

By: KERA, Courtney Collins

"Typical investments in opportunity zones: Investment in these zones can be everything from real estate development and renovation to businesses themselves. You can invest as a venture capitalist or just generally in business in these zones. ... What is currently typical is real-estate development. There is a whole industry that dedicates itself to real estate development in low-income communities. So they're ready to act on this right away.

As far as venture investment or investment in other tangible assets, there isn't an industry focused on that. So that part of the world is just starting become aware of it.

Ensuring whether investments in opportunity zones help residents: The aim of the opportunity zone program is to cause macro capital flows into these zones. It's not really to dictate necessarily what happens or what the outcomes are. It's really incumbent upon persons in those zones in the traditional players in the low-income community space to take charge and decide what they want."

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4. Interfaith Coalition Building Tiny Houses for Homeless Youth

By: The Jewish News of Northern California, Maya Mirsky

“Getting them involved in the building and construction process is such a joy,” Austin said, standing outside one of the tiny houses, temporarily parked on Beth El grounds as a demo.

After considering where to direct its social justice efforts, the congregation chose the tiny house project because of how invested the teens are in the decision-making. The rabbi said Beth El was impressed overall with how YSA empowers young people to determine for themselves what it needed to make their lives stable.

“It is driven by some of the people who are affected by this issue,” Stern said. “It’s not just ‘the well-meaning Jews on the hill parachuting in.’”

A tiny house has been parked at the synagogue in conjunction with several days of learning around the project among congregational groups, from pre-K to adult Talmud study. Volunteers are also being recruited for the major work of building in August."

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5. An East Texas Family Law Court Tried to Change How We Treat Families in Crisis

By: D Magazine, Kathy Wise

"Purvis and Cross had been developing a new strategy to address childhood trauma that they called Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). It focused on the fact that traumas often occur within the context of a relationship. If you are abused by someone you love or someone you know, the healing, too, has to happen within a relationship.

Ideally it will occur within the relationship that caused the trauma, but that’s not always possible. “Neuro science research will tell you that, for a child or anybody who’s had a history of trauma, one nurturing, healthy, attached relationship — whether it’s a teacher or a parent, a foster parent, a CASA worker, whatever — where the person experiences safety, attachment, support, and unconditional love can go a long way toward helping that person heal themselves,” Talley says."

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6. The Victims’ Advocate

By: Bucknell Magazine, Amelia Thomson-Deveaux

"Even when Marie Martinez Israelite ’00 was studying sociology at Bucknell, she knew she wanted to work on social-justice issues. Now, as the director of victim services at the Human Trafficking Institute, she strives to ensure that survivors of human trafficking are treated with dignity and respect within the criminal-justice system, where victims’ needs have often been secondary to investigation and prosecution. We spoke with Israelite about the value of transforming complex structures like the criminal-justice system to better support victims."

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