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Anchored in Alabama: Stories of Hope – Week 15

As API enters the fifteenth week publishing Anchored in Alabama, our team continues to be encouraged by the stories we hear from you and from local media. It is clear that our faith communities and businesses are stepping up to today’s challenges.

We continue to say “Thank You” for your support of this publication. As always, we hope you find it uplifting.

Anchored in Alabama, Week Fifteen


1. Alabama Group Keeping Kenyan Orphans Safe During Pandemic
Kenya Relief is a faith-based organization in Cullman that has helped over 100 Kenyan children stay safe while coronavirus rates have continued to rise in their home country. The organization, which operates a children’s home, a health clinic, a vision center, and a private academy for over 600 students, is yet another example of religious communities caring for urgent spiritual and physical need.

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2. C-Spire Announces Ultra-Fast Fiber Broadband in Trussville and Jasper
As parents and students begin to prepare for the possibility of remote learning, one business is expanding broadband Internet opportunities in two Alabama communities. The broadband provider C-Spire announced that it will be expanding its fiber-based Gigabit speed Internet in the Trussville and Jasper communities.  C-Spire executives also discussed during this announcement the possibility of expanding into other communities in the future.

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3. Sale Supports Shelter for Homeless Children
The Talladega Presbyterian Home for Children held its inaugural three-day sale to support the Secure Dwellings Program, which provides housing for homeless children and their female caregivers. The sale, which was able to occur thanks to the generous donations of local estates, enabled the Secure Dwelling Program to continue its work supporting over 225 children and adults every year.

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4. Birmingham Photographer Donates Revenue to Help Human Trafficking Victims
A local Birmingham photographer decided she wanted to use her talents to help victims of human trafficking. Rachel Callahan captures pictures of the city and gives all of her profits to the Well House, which is an organization that helps support and rescue women that have been sexually abused. So far, Callahan has donated more than $40,000 to the Well House and plans to continue to support the organization in the future.

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5. Mobile Firefighter Offers Free Lawn Care to Senior Citizens
Demone Clarke is a local firefighter at Mobile Fire-Rescue and the owner of a lawn care business. Knowing how older people are being especially affected by the pandemic, Clarke decided to give senior citizens free lawn care. Clarke says his main inspiration for doing this is to simply give back to the community that has supported first responders so well in recent months.

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Anchored in Alabama is a weekly publication and selected news aggregate of the Alabama Policy Institute that is updated every Wednesday. If you know of a story that could be highlighted in this publication and would like to submit it for review, please email [email protected].

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