CHRIS' BLOG

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    0919182018

    Community Building at the Speed of Trust

    Why do some efforts to strengthen communities succeed while many others fail or fall short? What is the difference that creates real lasting change versus temporary feel good moments?
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    0905182018

    Micah 6:8 Comes Back Around

    Twenty-five years later, I can now tell the story of Micah 6:8. I’ve come to realize it’s not just a religious story but a universal story of morality and doing the right thing.
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  • Blog
    0802182018

    Why Comprehensive Community Building is the Way Forward for Our Region

    Let’s imagine for a moment a different kind of St. Louis. A St. Louis that not only made the current shortlist of 20 cities vying to become the home of Amazon’s second North American headquarters, but actually went on to win.
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  • Blog
    0621182018

    Creating Opportunities for Success: A New Roadmap to Improving Education

    By now it should be obvious that the quality of education and the success of individuals, families and communities are closely intertwined.
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  • Blog
    0514182018

    This is Our Home

    Why an Affordable Housing Trust in St. Louis County is Long Overdue.
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  • Blog
    0423182018

    Separate, but United. How Local Governments Can Work Together.

    In our post-Ferguson world, it’s easy to focus on the negatives within many local communities. And more often than not, we assign the blame to our local governments and the fragmented nature of our many local municipalities. It’s only natural. The seemingly ridiculous nature of our political jurisdictions is a long-running, self-critical local narrative. On first blush, our many city aldermanic wards, county municipalities, school districts, and other bodies makes our region look like a disconnected mess. But the idea that consolidation is the answer to all our local problems is
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  • Blog
    0307182018

    It's About Trust

    A story of change, hope and of people who care deeply about their community. A story of hard working people who do everything they can to overcome their daily challenges.
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  • Blog
    0117182018

    2018 – Here We Come. Full Steam Ahead!

    For those of you who know me, I am generally optimistic and dare I say hopeful as I don’t let things out of my control bring me down. With that in mind, I plan on entering 2018 as I always do – with a sense of optimism and hope.
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  • Blog
    0922172017

    They Are Loved

    Recently I heard an interview with the great writer, teacher, thinker, and activist Nikki Giovanni. She spoke passionately about her upbringing in a poor family with many challenges, but she was so amazingly clear that “we were loved.”  Her clarity and exactness in how she said it has stayed with me.  The biggest part of my job is to tell the story of Beyond Housing and the 24:1 Initiative, but Ms. Giovanni’s story made me realize the dominant refrain in my storytelling has been about the deficits in neighborhoods and families – all the things that are missin
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    0705172017

    The Awe of the Ordinary

    I recently had a wonderful - albeit painful - reminder of the beauty in the everyday things of life. After waking early one ordinary Saturday morning, feeding the dog and cats, and enjoying my cup of coffee, I read a column by Omid Safi, the D--irector of Islamic Studies at Duke University, entitled “The Spirituality of the Ordinary is Luminous”. In it, Safi describes the wonder in the “extra-ordinary” experiences of life, whether they be places, relationships, or our spiritual journeys. He states: “It is easy to love the extraordinary. It is easy to pursue a spi
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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.