Nehemiah Blog

Endings and Beginnings

By Harry Hawkins The end of the school year means different things to different people. For kids, the promise of summer often leads to emotional countdowns and dreams of playing in the sun. For teachers, it is a time for rest and a time to reenergize. Recently, a child from our ACE program, told Ozanne…

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Generosity

By Harry Hawkins Small things can have a significant impact. Think about the last time you had a splinter in your finger or an eyelash that you couldn’t remove quickly from your eye. Thankfully, generosity works the same way. A small act for some can make a huge impact for others. The Allied and Meadowood…

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What’s a Quarter to You?

By Harry Hawkins When I think of a quarter, my thoughts drift toward currency and money. But in this case, a quarter signifies something different. Nehemiah is approaching its 25th year of serving the Madison community, and a bit of reflection is warranted. As we get closer to the big date, we’ll spend some time…

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Grass, Snow and Success

By Carrie Vanderford Sanders Carrie Sanders, Director of Community and Economic Development, has been working with an entrepreneur, Chris Theis, as he is growing his lawn care and snow removal business. Chris, who was recently released from incarceration in 2010, took over his father’s lawn care business, “Just What You Want”, in mid-2016 as his…

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No Man is an Island

By Harry Hawkins   How do you unwind after a hard day? Do you have someone you can confide in? The answer to those questions most likely revolved around home, and the people who live with you. Imagine, for a moment, if you didn’t have your home and the people in it to help you…

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Butterfly

By Harry Hawkins Transformations are happening all around us. The winter grays are disappearing, replaced by the blues of springs. The grass shakes off the dull brown of winter in exchange for vibrant greens. The same type of life changing transformations is happening with our students through the leadership of Ozanne Anderson in our ACE…

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Frozen In Time

By Harry Hawkins Can a moment change your life? That was the topic of conversation as I spoke with Anthony Cooper, Director of Re-entry for Nehemiah, and a facilitator of the program. They talked about a young man named James*, a participant in the Man-Up Program. The men of the group meet every Tuesday and…

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Looking for a Better Summer Job?

Nehemiah’s ACE Program (Academic Center for Excellence) is preparing for Summer of 2017. There are a number of employment opportunities available on our employment page. The camp runs seven weeks in July and August. Nehemiah’s Vision: Engaging the greater Madison community to empower African American individuals, families and communities to bring about hope, transformation, and…

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Justified Anger and Nehemiah Team Up in Leadership Development

By Lisa Speckhard This fall, Nehemiah started a training and support program to grow and support black leaders in the Madison community. One of the stated five focus areas of Justified Anger is leadership and capacity development; Our Madison Plan states that Justified Anger wants to “increase the number of African-Americans in leadership positions in a…

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Stand With Us (Video)

Alex Gee, Nehemiah

I want to thank you for your support by sharing a story with you, and a few words in the video (bottom of page). Fatherlessness was stifling Marcus. This 7th grade student often found himself trapped between pain and anger – both of which resulted in him shutting down emotionally and doubting himself. This kind…

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