Our Stories

Language and the Way We Think About Stigmatized Groups: Q&A with Esther Uduehi

LISC’s Emerging Leader Council member Esther Uduehi is a doctoral candidate at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where her research focuses on the language associated with stigmatized groups and marginalized communities. Uduehi recently sat down with LISC to discuss how nonprofits and practitioners can put her findings to use, and the need to create more conversations using person-centered language.

Community Wise Podcast: Pursuing the Impossible

Following the discussion of Play Ball Again, Maurice reflects on 2019, the year ahead and the goal we are all tasked with…to make the impossible possible. Thanks for another great year and we hope you will tune in in January!

Sports is Community: Creating a New Normal After Disaster

On a post-hurricane assessment visit to Puerto Rico, LISC Rural program officer Anna Hurt learned that baseball fields around the island are more than just a place for a game, they are a vital resource that brings the neighborhood together and boosts local economies. Damage to community fields is still deeply felt throughout the island. In this blog, Anna shares the value of bringing sports and recreation into the disaster recovery discussion and the launch of Play Ball Again, a new initiative to revive 25 fields for 17,500 boys and girls across Puerto Rico. Last week, LISC celebrated the opening of two such fields, with support from Maestro Cares Foundation, Good Bunny Foundation, UNICEF USA, and Chicago Cubs Charities, and showed how communities like the one where Ana lives come together for the love of the game, and one another.

12.17.2019 -

Workforce Development: From Personal Recovery to Professional Growth

Community Services League (CSL) in Independence, MO is one of over 40 community-based partners nationwide implementing LISC’s Bridges to Career Opportunities model. Debby Laufer, CSL’s vice president of career services, reflects on what it takes to help unemployed and underemployed clients build their skills and find good paying jobs. She does so through the lens of one client, Zach P., who overcame a substance abuse problem to graduate from a CSL training program and get a job as a welder. This is just one of many success stories spurred by LISC’s partnership with Union Pacific.

12.11.2019 -

A Food Hall That’s All About Opportunity. And Food.

When La Cocina Municipal Marketplace opens this coming spring in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, it will be the country’s first women-led food hall and and the first to take on the innovative role of serving up affordable, healthy food to longtime local residents (as well as to foodie visitors). It also provides manageable rents and business opportunities for the mostly women of color entrepreneurs who will be running the culinary show and who see food as a language connecting people, places and culture. Plus, with support from LISC, La Cocina has activated a long-vacant post office, transforming a former crime hot spot.