CHRIS' BLOG

  • 0407172017

    A BLANK BLUE SIGN

    I recently drove to Louisville to visit a dynamic organization named IDEAS xLab that joined us as one of seven communities nationally in winning the Culture of Health Prize from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2016. Their work uses the arts in commun...
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  • 0315172017

    Trees -Yes Trees - are Part of Community Building

    When most folks think about community building, they think about housing, health, education, economic development, and jobs. Rarely do you hear anyone speak about trees.
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  • 0214172017

    Our Best Selves

    I just reread Langston Hughes’ poem “Let America Be America” again, and in the second stanza he said these prophetic words: Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed Let it be that great strong land of love Where never kings conv...
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    0127172017

    Staying Focused

    I have been thinking about what to write for my next blog over the past few weeks. A lot has happened in the last 30 days: the winter holidays, the start of the New Year, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the inauguration of our new president, and the women
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  • Blog
    1128162016

    Moments

    As I age and watch my children grow, I find myself trying to capture more moments in my mind.  The pace of our lives moves quickly most days, but I am trying to savor the moments that mean the most to me.  We can get caught flying through our day...
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  • Blog
    1026162016

    Hope is Back

    The great American storyteller Studs Terkel called one of his last books “Hope Dies Last.” In it he chronicles the great resilience of so many people across our country. White, black, men, women, urban, suburban, rural, educated, uneducated, mo...
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    1017162016

    Be Kind, Again and Again

    Two things come to me that reminded me of a blog I posted earlier this year entitled “Be Kind”.  First, I was reading “Becoming Wise” by Krista Tippett, my favorite of many wonderful NPR voices, and she shared an author’s...
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  • Blog
    0926162016

    It's a Big Deal

    Today, I want to share the good news that our work and that of so many of our partners was recognized by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation (RWJ) with one of only seven Culture of Health of Prizes given nationally.
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  • Blog
    0907162016

    Gardening

    I heard an interview of Paulo Coelho, the author of the iconic book The Alchemist, regarding his own journey in which he made reference to the difference between being a builder or a gardener.
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  • Blog
    05252516May2016WedWednesday1200pm

    Be Kind

    I recently heard the following quote from Greek philosopher Plato “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”. This insightful phrase made me reflect on both my professional and personal life.
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    04191916Apr2016TueTuesday1200pm

    Repairing The World

    Last week I was able to spend several days with over 140 of my peers who also run NeighborWorks America network organizations all across the country. I get to hear all the great work that is occurring in all four corners of the country...
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    03222216Mar2016TueTuesday1200pm

    The Real Footprints of Life - Jim Sporleder

    On Wednesday, March 2nd my father-in-law Jim Sporleder passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. In his 76 years he did so many things all with the common thread of helping others in both his personal and professional life.
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  • Blog
    02262616Feb2016FriFriday1200pm

    In Plain Sight

    Given the time and space we exist in with the names Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland and sadly so many more etched in our social conscience how can we not “see” Tom Robinson.
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  • 02181816Feb2016ThuThursday1200pm

    They Have Names

    Recently I saw, due to the most recent one, U2’s performance at the 2001 Super Bowl where they gave a stirring tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. It brought back stirring memories. It was indeed powerful for a variety of reasons.
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  • Blog
    0201116Feb2016MonMonday1200pm

    Setting The Table and Then Having Humble Pie

    The foundational thinking behind our work at Beyond Housing is our operational mantra of Ask, Align, Act. We ask the community, those we work for and with, what are the challenges but more importantly the solutions to make their home a better place.
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    01262616Jan2016TueTuesday1200pm

    Cold Reality

    We finally got our first real snap of cold winter weather recently. We all collectively groan and wish for spring. The cold reality, however, is that a large number of children in St. Louis do more than groan, they shiver.
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    01161616Jan2016SatSaturday1200pm

    Powerball Day Dreaming

    Like many others this past week my family purchased our lottery tickets and listened for the latest update on how big the prize was getting. $1,600,000,000!!! Almost too big to really understand.
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    01121216Jan2016TueTuesday1200pm

    Of The People, By The People, For The People

    We are in the beginning of our torturous presidential election cycle and I, like many others, dread the upcoming barrage of negative ads, fear mongering, lies and exaggerations.
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    0105516Jan2016TueTuesday1200pm

    The Curious Promise of Limited Time

    Singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomber used the phrase “the curious promise of limited time” in an interview with Krista Tippett’s On Being podcast and it struck me as we enter another new year. Each New Year comes with a sense of renewal, ho...
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    1109915Nov2015MonMonday1200pm

    Why Not?

    On Wednesday, November 4th we had the VIP Opening of the 24:1 Cinema where we were the first in the country to see the new James Bond movie Spectre. It was a great night!
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    1002215Oct2015FriFriday1200pm

    Pope Francis and Our Collective Humanity

    Pope Francis has clearly touched the heart, mind, and soul of many in our country and across the globe. My sense is that this is caused by his very simple message of caring for each other and the planet we live on – our collective humanity.
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    09181815Sep2015FriFriday1200pm

    Affirmation Comes With Many Challenges

    The Ferguson Commission just delivered their comprehensive report, Forward through Ferguson, A Path Toward Racial Equality to the governor. Within its pages, the thoughtful, detailed and blunt document calls out 189 action items on topics including ed...
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    0902215Sep2015WedWednesday1200pm

    Reimagine

    It goes without saying that our region is still in the midst of a revolution. Long time Detroit civil rights leader and organizer Grace Lee Boggs once said “every revolution gives a community a chance to reimagine their lives, their neighborhood, th...
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    08292915Aug2015SatSaturday1200pm

    Big and Small

    If we truly care about the lives of children, what can we do to ensure that their dreams and aspirations come true?
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    0706615Jul2015MonMonday1200pm

    A Quiet Supreme Court Ruling Affirms That Home Matters

    The week of June 22nd had two blockbuster Supreme Court rulings that reverberated across the country. During what will surely prove to be a historical week, the court affirmed the Affordable Care Act and its implementation.
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    0601115Jun2015MonMonday1200pm

    Resilience

    The biggest part of my job is telling the story of our organization and those we serve. I try to paint a picture that intersects the pragmatic, rational and emotional sides of the mind.
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About Chris

I’ve been working in community development in the St. Louis area for 25 years, and I’ve been the CEO of Beyond Housing since 1993. While I’m proud of our accomplishments, I don’t claim to be an expert. At Beyond Housing, the experts we listen to are the voices of the community members we serve. I’ll be raising issues here that I believe matter to our community. I hope you’ll join the conversation. We do reserve the right not to post comments containing offensive language. To paraphrase Dr. King, we can disagree without being disagreeable.