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Feature Story Memphis native and community mentor Frank Gottie poses with his son, Andreis Smith.

Boots on the Ground: How two community activists mentor Memphis youth with the power of presence

Community Correspondent Danica Wilks spoke with Casio Montez and Frank Gottie, two community mentors who are instilling Memphis youth with valuable life skills and lessons.

Feature Story Rendering of Alliance Healthcare Services' Crisis Wellness Center at the intersection of Broad and Malcomb in Binghampton, opening February 2025.

Q&A: How a 24-hour Crisis Wellness Center in Binghampton will save more lives come early 2025

Jeff Hulett speaks with Alliance Healthcare Services CEO Laurie Powell about the new crisis wellness center, Alliance Healthcare Services celebrating 50 years, and more. 

Feature Story For High Ground's 'On The Ground' series, six local community-level journalists help dissect the More for Memphis plan and share the stories of Memphis residents who are working hard for a better tomorrow. 

High Ground's newest Community Correspondents explore the More for Memphis plan

For High Ground's 'On The Ground' series, six local community-level journalists help dissect the More for Memphis plan and share the stories of Memphis residents who are working hard for a better tomorrow. 

Development News "Haven of Hope is here to offer a safe and unique healing experience for those suffering from eating disorders and trauma," says Brittney Greer, LPC, MHSP, executive clinical director of Haven of Hope.

New treatment facility for eating disorder and trauma care set to open in Memphis in late summer

"Haven of Hope is here to offer a safe and unique healing experience for those suffering from eating disorders and trauma," says Brittney Greer, LPC, MHSP, executive clinical director of Haven of Hope.

Development News "One million acres of tangible conservation in one year is an achievement that's nearly 90 years in the making," says Ducks Unlimited CEO Adam Putnam.

Memphis nonprofit achieves 1M acres of wetlands conservation throughout North America in FY24

"One million acres of tangible conservation in one year is an achievement that's nearly 90 years in the making," says Ducks Unlimited CEO Adam Putnam.

Feature Story Economic Development is one of the six 'More for Memphis' anchor collaboratives and aims to put 10,000 additional young people on a path to economic mobility.

More for Memphis plan identifies liberty and equity as Economic Development priorities

Over the next several months, the High Ground Team will be diving deep into the More for Memphis plan: What it is, why it is, and where it's taking us. This week, we take a look at Economic Development, one of the 6 focus areas critical to the initiative's success.

Development News A rendering of one of the 70 homes to be built at Epping Forest in Raleigh.

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new subdivision being built in Memphis' Raleigh community

The Epping Forest subdivision will include 58 single family homes and 12 condominiums in Memphis' Raleigh community.

Development News “The Healthy Start program is a perfect addition to continue our work to improve the health outcomes of women in this community,” says Alicia Smith-Steele, vice president of ambulatory services at Regional One Health.

Memphis hospital launches targeted perinatal care program for Black mothers and infants

“The Healthy Start program is a perfect addition to continue our work to improve the health outcomes of women in this community,” says Alicia Smith-Steele, vice president of ambulatory services at Regional One Health.

Feature Story Lakeisha Buford is the founder and owner of natural hair care salon FingersRite Hair Studio.

Women Working It: Lakeisha Buford is helping Memphis women feel beautiful at FingersRite Hair Studio

Lakeisha Buford launched her company after deciding to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional hairstylist, receiving business development support from BLDG Memphis and their Community Navigator Pilot Program.

Feature Story The focus area of health and well-being in the More For Memphis plan examines the factors behind physical, mental, and social wellness from a broad perspective.

School-based healthcare, SNAP benefits, and more: The More for Memphis plan for Health & Well-Being

Over the next several months, the High Ground Team will be diving deep into the More for Memphis plan: What it is, why it is, and where it's taking us. This week, we take a look at the plan's initiative for Health & Well-Being.

Feature Story Volunteers are critical to the MIFA mission.

How 42 Memphis restaurants came together to help raise funds for Meals on Wheels

“We're all restaurants feeding our customers. And it just made sense to try to do the same thing and help feed the seniors in the Memphis area that don't have the luxury of eating out,” says Ashely Robilio, president of the Hueys Restaurant company and a member of the MIFA board.

Development News Volunteers load up their cars at MIFA headquarters as they prepare for another day’s delivery of Meals on Wheels.

These 42 restaurants are participating in MIFA’s 10-day fundraiser for Meals on Wheels

Spring for a Meal takes place at participating restaurants from Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 14.

Feature Story Tiffany Sumlin (left) and her mother, Tricie Cullens, are Meals on Wheels volunteers. The dedication is real: Tiffany got off work at 6 a.m. and came to volunteer after her shift, and her mom had a heart transplant just four months ago.

PHOTOS: Why a morning spent with Meals on Wheels volunteers was 'the most exhilarating thing' ever

"It was the most exhilarating thing that I have ever witnessed," Reginald Johnson writes after visiting a Meals on Wheels event at MIFA HQ. "You'd think that people are racing to MIFA picking up gold bars. But for them, the cargo in their cars is more precious than silver and gold, for they are on a mission to serve some of the most vulnerable and isolated seniors in our city. You can see it in their eyes and you can hear it in their voices; you can see it in the urgency of their walk."

Feature Story Arts and Culture is one of the six 'More for Memphis' anchor collaboratives.

Creative Economics: The investment and profits envisioned by More for Memphis for Arts and Culture

Over the next several months, the High Ground Team will be diving deep into the More for Memphis plan: What it is, why it is, and where it's taking us. This week, we take a look at Arts and Culture, one of the six focus areas critical to the initiative's success.

Feature Story In the 2023 fiscal year, MIFA Meals on Wheels served more than 737,000 meals to 4,418 seniors throughout Shelby County.

Addressing senior food insecurity is a critical need nationwide, but especially in Memphis

This is the first in our new series on senior food insecurity. It’s a topic that is especially important in the greater Memphis area, which has the third highest senior food insecurity rates in the country. There are a lot of challenges associated with senior food insecurity, but local organizations like MIFA (Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association) are taking a proactive approach to providing solutions.

Feature Story Actor and writer Ann Perry Wallace.

Women Working It: Ann Perry Wallace is ready for her second act

Jeff Hulett sits down with award-winning actor and writer Ann Perry Wallace.

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PHOTOS: Scenes from 'a true celebration of life, love, and homage' at Coleman School

"We have some of the most talented and brightest scholars in the world nestled right here in our Black communities," writes Reginald Johnson.

Feature Story Young people have played an integral role in the development of the More for Memphis plan. These photos are from a MFM Youth Council meeting held in June 2023.

A path to economic mobility: The More for Memphis plan for schools to become true community hubs

“At the end of this, the bigger goal for More for Memphis is putting people on a pathway to economic mobility. And so for us, education is that pathway,” says Teshanda Middleton, project lead for the E&Y Anchor Collaborative and CEO of the Communities In Schools of Memphis nonprofit organization. “How you do that is being intentional about the support that you spread across generations of people.”

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On finding 'ideas that work': How 300 Memphians came together to develop the More for Memphis plan

“Memphis is not new to developing strategic plans, so it was important for us to be thoughtful of how this process would be different and actionable,” says Jamilica Burke, chief strategy and impact officer of Seeding Success, the Memphis nonprofit responsible for coordinating the More for Memphis initiative.

Development News The Carpenter Art Garden in 2017.

These 3 Memphis arts organizations were awarded grants from the NEA supporting community projects

“These grants contribute to the well-being of individuals and communities, help meet the challenges of our time, and build towards a future in which all people can lead artful lives and reach their full potential,” says NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson.