November 2018 – Kinda Coming Full Circle

It was a bleak day in a bleak neighborhood 15 years ago.  Tim France and I were standing in Salem Alliance’s south parking lot, surveying the Broadway strip.  Boarded-up buildings.  Used car lots.  One of those payday-loan storefronts.  Tons of litter and graffiti....

September 2018 – Back to School 2018

After joining SLF in 1996, one of the first meetings I attended was with the superintendent of Salem-Keizer’s schools.  Homer Kearns was meeting quarterly with pastors and ministry leaders to build relationships and avert discord.  This was heady stuff back then … the...

May 2018 – A Neighborhood Renaissance

When Jennifer and I were looking for a home to buy 20 years ago, we’d narrowed our search to three neighborhoods.  None of them were in the Realtors Top 10. Capital Park, aka “felony flats.” Grant/Highland, aka “the ghetto.” And the Edgewater area of West Salem, aka...