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Transforming Sandtown

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From renovating vacant rowhomes to cultivating organic farms, clergy have undertaken a massive effort to improve life in the Sandtown neighborhood. We hear from Rev. Derrick DeWitt and Elder CW Harris about the revival of a long-dormant alliance of a dozen churches, all focused on projects to strengthen their community. There is an expansion planned for a local nursing home and an affordable housing program for those in addiction recovery. Plus, with the help of social workers and the FBI, Sandtown’s religious leaders are reaching out to gang members, as part of Baltimore’s anti-gun violence initiative--Operation Ceasefire--and convincing them to leave that life behind. 

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Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is Senior Supervising Producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.