THE NEW PHILANTHROPY

JERRY ROBERTS

"I owe my life to the community. I grew up in a home that valued family, community and helping your neighbor. My grandparents owned a bar and my Gramps would host cookouts for the neighborhood families as well as customers. It was his way of saying thank you. More importantly, it was community building."

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A MAN MAKING DIFFERENCE

WILLIE WADE

Wade has been a champion of projects and policies that improve the lives of his constituency. Having served as the 7th district Milwaukee Alderman for 13 years, Wade's commitment to developing Milwaukee's economic growth and improving neighborhoods is UNPRECEDENTED.

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The Advocate

ASHANTI HAMILTON

Ashanti Hamilton was born to a 16-year-old mother, who is the eldest daughter of a sharecropper. Her father worked on a large farm near Batesville, MS, on the same land that his grandfather had worked as a slave. Although Ashanti was born into a highly segregated part of Milwaukee and came of age during the height of the crack epidemic, he had a community around him that supported him and instilled in him a sense of responsibility, pride and the determination to succed. 

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HAVING A PROFOUND IMPACT

DJ HINES

When DJ Hines explains the reason for his approach to outreach in his community, he is clear. "Church is a place for all people, but people don't necessarily feel that way." Presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ is a necessary effort to him and he wants his young neighbors to know God's grace is sufficient to overcome their struggles. 

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TAKING THE WINNING SHOT

GAULIEN SMITH

Smith has been cutting hair since he was 12. His five brothers and sister served as his first clients. Thirty years later those initial cuts, he is one of the most recognizable barbers in the city. His shop is the only one of its kind, located in a historical bank dated back to the 1930's. With 25 foot ceilings, 26 barbers and 4 stylists, customers can sit in the original seats from the old MECCA Arena while waiting their turn.

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