Making life better in Bester: Focusing on families to improve outcomes for kids

The Bester community in Hagerstown, Maryland, can be a challenging place for families to raise children safely, with a high poverty rate, health challenges and a high rate of children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.

Those challenges haven’t gone unnoticed, and now key partners are working together to build a Community of Hope — a place where people share a vision of safety and success for every child who lives there. It’s a place where public and private organizations — nonprofits, philanthropies, government, businesses and communities — collaborate closely to help achieve that vision.

This piece chronicles how the Bester Community of Hope emerged and continues to carry the promise forward.


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