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The Community Place
More than a place, a way of welcoming
Kate Foran with Bev Jackson, Pat Beeman, George Ducharme and the Communitas circle of Friends
Foreword by John O’Brien
©2007 Inclusion Press
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We often find community in the most unexpected places - cafes, book shops, hair salons, but no matter where we find it, the benefits are undeniable. There is a feeling of belonging, of mattering in a community that we often seek and rarely find.
In 1994, a group of dedicated individuals set out to build and nurture a community that celebrates everyone’s gifts in Manchester, Connecticut. Located on Main Street, the Community Place was a card and gift shop on the outside and much more on the inside. It was a gathering place, a place to have a cup of tea, a place where everyone was welcome.
Although the Community Place closed its doors in 2003, its legacy continues through the lessons learned and lives it touched. this is the story of Pat Beeman, George Ducharme, Bev Jackson, and countless others that came along on this rocky yet rewarding community building experience.