Leroy Barber: Neighboring and Gentrification

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In mid-December, Mission Year sponsored an event where their executive director, Leroy Barber, spoke with Atlanta faith-based volunteers about neighboring and gentrification. He discussed the importance of building reciprocal relationships within the communities we serve, and the impact that gentrification has had on certain Atlanta neighborhoods. We really appreciated being able to come together and talk as a group about these issues, especially considering that all of the QVSers (and most of the volunteers from other programs) are newcomers to Atlanta.

This event helped us reflect on QVS’s statement on service as a core value:

Through the QVS experience, we seek to create and sustain a culture of service within the broader Quaker community and foster a lifetime of service for volunteers who learn the joy of giving of themselves for the good of the world and in gratitude to God. We strive to serve in contextually appropriate ways that affirm the dignity of all persons and the sovereignty of all communities. We will practice solidarity rooted in mutually empowering relationships.

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