Encore Stories

Our encores are creating a better future
for our communities and the world.

The latest Encore.org story featured by our media partner The Christian Science Monitor profiles Nedra Bonds, who creates “quilts with a message.”

Her quilts tell stories and spark conversations to help her community understand its past and present. The messages are clear, but also soft, like her fabrics.

Read more about her encore of art and activism, stitch by stitch.

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Nedra Bonds

Kansas City, KS

The focus of her encore work is on the hardest-to-house homeless.

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Pearl Munak

Paso Robles, CA

From our partner StoryCorps comes an unusual intergenerational story that began after a teen had a disabling car accident.

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Ernest Greene

Asheboro, NC

She’s using an innovative concept to help solve the low-income housing crisis facing her community.

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Carrie Franzwa

Lebanon, OR

This physician created a training program for high school teens to work in home healthcare roles.

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William Leahy

Chevy Chase, MD

This ex-banking exec used her Encore Fellowship to help a nonprofit grow its capacity to serve the urban homeless.

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Carmine Roche

North Bellmore, NY

This lawyer brings community healthcare to Hispanics in central Florida who haven’€™t been on the official health radar.

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Josephine Mercado

Casselberry, FL

This epidemiologist teaches communities how to use pain medication more safely and recognize and reverse an opioid overdose.

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Catherine Sanford

Durham, NC

This former corporate exec invented a talking cow robot to teach kids about “the milk of human kindness.”

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Ted Dreier

Franklin, TN

She helps ex-inmates get work and overcome the stigma of “doing time.”€

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Darlene Lewis

Little Rock, AR
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