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Church Group Works to Overcome Racial Divide


A church-based non-profit is working to overcome segregation and division in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood.

The Milwaukee area ranks as the most segregated metropolis in the country, depending on data analysis methods. When parishioners formed Transformation City Church in Milwaukee, overcoming this division took priority.

Before they even purchased a church building, they bought a house in a predominantly African-American, low-income neighborhood. They later founded the nonprofit Inhabit and, through it, purchased a second home in the same area. The idea was to embrace diversity and minister from within the community.

Lake Effect’s Amy Kiley visited the neighborhood to learn more.

Transformation does now have a parish building. It’s on West Burleigh Street, two miles east of Sherman Park.