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April 24, 2017

Empowerment Center of Ferguson, MO Rises From Ashes

Partnership with Urban League of Metro St. Louis expands space for reconciliation

A partnership between The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and The Salvation Army has allowed the Community Empowerment Center of Ferguson, Missouri, now under construction to double in size, which is now in the final stages of construction.

The new center will allow The Salvation Army and the Urban League to provide help with after school tutoring, financial assistance for rent and utilities, emotional and spiritual care for individuals reentering society after incarceration, and the Army’s Pathway of Hope program to help families break free of poverty.

The center sits on the site of the QuikTrip convenience store that was looted and set afire the night in August three years ago when this small suburb just north of St. Louis, erupted in a wave of civil unrest that made headlines around the world.

“To take that building that was really a tragedy and turn it into a triumph was our version of a phoenix rising out of the ashes,” said Mike McMillian, CEO of the Urban League.

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