Written by: Allison Tate

Durham Tech aims to ‘close the gap’ in community healthcare

By Allison Tate

November 26, 2017

How many of the students here are in this for the money, asks instructor Erica Hall. No hands rise. Hall looks out at the class, about a dozen faces, and tells them that what they’re learning to do won’t be about the fame either. Becoming a community health worker is all about helping your neighbors […]

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Behind the music: the faces of Kidznotes

By Allison Tate

November 8, 2017

Over the years, the VOICE has told the stories of Kidznotes’ students and events. But, in looking back, there’s some stories that we haven’t shared yet. Since its start in 2010, Kidznotes has boasted influential and talented instructors and volunteers who have had a desire to make a difference through music. With that in mind, […]

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Joe’s Comedy Corner brings laughs to Angier Avenue

By Allison Tate

October 17, 2017

For Joe Bushfan, laughter is important during hard times. That’s why the entrepreneur and community leader started up Joe’s Comedy Corner on Angier Avenue. Now with two successful shows under its belt, it looks like Bushfan and the community are thinking alike. “I think laughter is good for the soul–especially with all these tumultuous times […]

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An interesting mix: pupusas, family and higher education

By Allison Tate

October 4, 2017

It’s only noon, but the temperature in the parking lot of the Latino Community Credit Union is already closing in on 90. Still, the heat has nothing on the small, silver food truck parked in the corner of the lot. Inside, Cecilia Polanco and her mother Nora are dishing out pupusas fresh off the flat-top […]

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TRY: Out to overcome overdose

By Allison Tate

September 20, 2017

  Gerald Elliott’s first solo trip as a young law enforcement officer left an impression. It was 1987, and he was to deliver a death notice to a family that had lost their 21-year-old son to drug overdose. Elliott was twenty-one, too. Thirty years later, Elliott and his family found themselves on the receiving end […]

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