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Religious Youth Service

Communities Serving Communities, RYS-USA Helps Housing Project

Participants: 30 Nations Represented: 5

Atlanta, United States

Duration: March 21 - 24, 1994

Work: In cooperation with the Summerhill Community Development Organization RYS volunteers worked at a housing project and helped remove old concrete sidewalks and restore the grounds of the apartment complex. A second team helped sort and moved goods that were used for sale at a not-for-profit second hand handyman store. A third team worked gathering donated materials that would be used by programs guided by the Summerhill community.

Summary: The was the first self-funded project in the USA. Dr James and Nancy Burton spent over a year organizing and involving friends from the Atlanta community in hosting the RYS.

Supporting Organizations: Summerhill Community Development Center, Sufi Order of North America, Unity Church, Unification Church.

Project Director: John Gehring
Education Directors: Dr. Ron Burr and Dr. Sherry Hartman
Site Leaders: Drs. James and Nancy Burton

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