Healing the Heart: Healing the 'Hood (Hardback)Olgen Williams (author)
Hardback 180 Pages / Published: 30/11/2004
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In Healing the Heart: Healing the 'Hood, Olgen Williams traces his dramatic journey from embittered, drug-using Vietnam veteran to nationally acclaimed neighborhood activist. His sudden, miraculous re-orientation from drugs and despair to faith and freedom will inspire all those concerned with the social and personal costs and consequences of illegal drugs and drug-related crime. In, December 2002, for his crime of having stolen less than eleven dollars while serving as a postal worker in 1971, Olgen Williams received one of seven pardons granted by President George W. Bush. Today, Olgen Williams is firmly grounded in family, faith, and neighborhood in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he serves as Director of Christamore House, a community center in the settlement house tradition. At Christamore House, he has pioneered and nurtured many programs-ranging from carpentry to theater, from community policing to parenting - that serve the diverse needs of a multiethnic inner-neighborhood. Healing the Heart is not only the story of an extraordinary life-in-progress but also a working handbook of tools and techniques for neighborhood activism and transformation. Affectionately known as the Mayor of Haughville (a community once plagued with escalating crime and homicide rates - now with one of the city of Indianapolis' lowest under his leadership), Olgen Williams has a personal commitment to producing a community that is better for children, families and destined for economic prosperity. Learning both in the neighborhood and the classroom, Olgen Williams earned two degrees from Martin University in Indianapolis: B.A. in Religious Studies (Summa Cum Laude) and M.A. in Urban Ministry. He also earned a Doctorate of Divinity from Muskegon Bible Institute. Williams is also an executive of Christamore House Family and Community Center, a nationally acclaimed community activist, a Vietnam hero, the father of 10 children and the committed husband to his wife, Mary, of 25 years. The title that surpasses any other from his many years of volunteerism, however, is that of ""community volunteer.
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Number of pages: 180
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
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