Richmond’s Rising Homeless Family Rates

•November 10, 2009 • 1 Comment

by Maureen Linke

Rising foreclosure rates, unemployment and the economic downturn all have contributed to the increasing number of homeless families in Virginia and across the U.S.

A recent report by the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness states that 42 percent of individuals who experience homelessness are persons in families – the fastest grow sect of the homeless population.

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Richmond LGBT History Finds a Voice in Beth Marschak

•October 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment


by Maureen Linke

Born into a conservative family in a small Pennsylvania town, author Beth Marschak has been an activist since her early years at Douglas Freeman High School.

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When It Comes to Produce, the Trend is Local

•August 1, 2009 • 1 Comment

With Virginia Farmer’s Market week around the corner, local markets as well as customers are supporting the community by purchasing locally grown produce.

By Lauren Boehnlein, Maureen Linke, Christina Rogers

In response to the growing popularity of Virginia farmers markets, Gov. Tim Kaine has designated August 2-8 as Farmer’s Market Week. Richmond shoppers recognize the importance of purchasing local produce.

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To Ghana and Back:

•July 31, 2009 • Leave a Comment


Winning the lottery may mean financial freedom for some, but for Freda Kotey it meant an opportunity to come to the United States from Accra, Ghana to pursue her passion for helping others.

by Maureen Linke

Kotey, a 33-year-old graduate student in VCU’s School of Social Work, is currently attending classes at the satellite campus in Alexandria, Virginia. With a passion for learning and a drive to succeed, Kotey hopes to be able to someday give back to the country she came from five years ago. Continue reading ‘To Ghana and Back:’