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Transformation Think Tank

Guest Reflections on Community Transformation

Here we feature monthly reflections by local, regional or national leaders who have significant experience in community transformation. We are asking them to reflect on what’s working and why, what’s not working and why, and what’s not being tried that should be.

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Vision, Purpose and Initiatives

CCT Vision — What We See

A Central Valley defined by equal access to all the blessings of our region—an abundant community that flourishes with entrepreneurial creativity, spiritual freedom, economic vitality and justice, environmental integrity, cross cultural/social collaboration and political health.

CCT Purpose — Why We Exist

To provide a faith-rooted, institutional engine and catalyst for systemic and sustainable transformation into a unique region of communities characterized by abundance and peace.

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Starving Payday Lenders: Targeted Faith-Centered Financial Literacy Training in a Context of Concentrated Poverty

Targeted Faith-Centered Financial Literacy Training in a Context of Concentrated Poverty

The Context

The City of Fresno, California, currently has the second highest rate of concentrated poverty[1] in the nation among large cities.[2] This is an improvement. In 2005, the Brookings Institute identified Fresno as having the highest rate of concentrated poverty of any large city in the U.S.,[3] and for years it has lived with that moniker. That being said, Fresno still has 45 census tracks where 40 percent or more residents live under the federal poverty line.[4] A lack of a diversified economy, dependence on migrant labor and an under-educated workforce fuel this generational poverty.

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The Center for Community Transformation (CCT) operates a bit like a non-profit but within a university. Like many such agencies, we must raise a significant portion of our budget from charitable donations. We appreciate whatever you can give to help us make progress in accomplishing our mission.

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