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From mental health services to electric car fleets, entrepreneurs offer ideas for social good

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Jacqueline Hunt is the founder of the House of Mary Experience, a project that hopes to create a new system to help families at risk of CPS separation.


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Alnisa ​​Allgood is the founder of Collaboration for Good, the organization behind Social Good Accelerator and Summit. He said this year’s group of 25 accelerator participants stand out for their focus on trauma-informed care and intervention, but also for their deep background in their respective fields. In years past, she said that wasn’t always the case.

“There were more[patterns]of people starting programs they were interested in,” he said. “Like, ‘We want more girls of color in STEM.’ But it wasn’t like they were already spending 15 years working with girls of color in STEM… I think this year, a lot of people are in the trenches.

Rita Johnson brings 31 years of nursing care experience to RMS Global Care, the agency she is launching to help people meet their long-term care needs at home, not in the hospital. She said many people in long-term care struggle to survive long hospitalizations.

“They’re falling apart. They’re giving up. They’re just becoming invisible. That’s not right,” she said.

Wanda Smith started her venture, Peace Network, in 2009. The Mental Health Services Agency offers individual counseling and community workshops, with a specific focus on people whose stress may be heightened by their identity.

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