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A True Community at Hope Gardens A True Community at Hope Gardens

By Vanessa Nason

Hope Gardens began as an agricultural education space for the Chapel Hill community. It became an all-inclusive program that would provide job training to unemployed and underemployed individuals, connecting people with professional networks, long-term employers, and fellow gardeners.

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A Doggie Emporium: Oliver's Collar Dog Bakery A Doggie Emporium: Oliver's Collar Dog Bakery

By Vanessa Nason

After hit hard by the recession and laidoff from her job, Kahli Wamback decided to open up a dog bakery specializing in healthy treats. Today, her customers have become something like a family as she shares not only treats but advice on taking care of man's best friend.

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Finding Hope in Loss: The Respite Finding Hope in Loss: The Respite

By Vanessa Nason

Having lost both a son and a husband within two short years, Elizabeth Berrien knows how devastating loss can be. That's why she co-founded The Respite in Charlotte, NC.

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Community Exercise: SYNCSTUDIO Community Exercise: SYNCSTUDIO

By Vanessa Nason

At SYNCSTUDIO, getting in shape and building a community are one in the same. The studio is a fun, welcoming place to try new exercise classes and build friendships among those there.

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Vanessa Nason is a Staff Writer at North Carolina Homes.

Vanessa Nason is a fourth year journalism major at Northeastern University. She's written for her school's newspaper, The Huntington News, as well as Dirty Water Media. She loves Boston and all of its sports and cold weather, and can usually be found playing with her dogs.