Columbia’s CCP: A Case Study
as a viable and diverse neighborhood. Strong links developed among political leaders, colleges, and churches. From the beginning, the views of the clergy included a strong community orientation. They said, for example that, “to attack crime, the spirit of youths must be empowered,” “the church must make moral statements about what is happening in the community,” and “the church must be in the community and a force in it.” Currently the Eau Claire Community of Shalom is involved in housing rehabilitation, a parish nurse program, girl scouts, prenatal and family missions, and publishing a resource directory for community residents.
The House of Prayer and the city of Columbia have transformed Read Street (old photographs show a neighborhood in a terribly dilapidated state). Other streets are being transformed by other churches and the city. It is an un- usual but powerful partnership. Short visits cannot fully capture it, but it is a movement worth studying and understanding, especially with respect to the Comprehensive Communities approach.
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