Charlotte: QC Family Tree with Greg and Helms Jarrell

Faith & Justice

Charlotte: QC Family Tree with Greg and Helms Jarrell

QC Family Tree, founded by Greg and Helms Jarrell, is an intentional Christian community forming relationships and seeking justice alongside residents of the Enderly Park neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C. This series in the Faith & Justice” project is part of the BNG Storytelling Projects initiative. In “Faith & Justice,” we tell the stories of the people and organizations that are helping to bend the “arc of moral justice” toward justice and transforming communities.

This series is written by Blake Tommey. Photos are by Lesley-Ann Tommey. Videos are recorded and edited by Blake and Lesley-Ann Tommey.

With little opportunity for youth and children — or almost anyone else — Christian community builds chances from the ground up

With little opportunity for youth and children — or almost anyone else — Christian community builds chances from the ground up

Helms Jarrell, co-director of the QC Family Tree intentional Christian community, had given crystal-clear instructions for the youth group’s annual ...
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For this intentional Christian community, seeking the world’s healing means battling gentrification close at home

For this intentional Christian community, seeking the world’s healing means battling gentrification close at home

Enderly Park is blistering under an unseasonable September heat, and Frank Byers saunters across Tuckaseegee Road to the rec center ...
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What is QC Family Tree?

What is QC Family Tree?

QC Family Tree is an intentional Christian community forming relationships and seeking justice alongside residents of the Enderly Park neighborhood ...
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Video: What does justice look like in Enderly Park?

Video: What does justice look like in Enderly Park?

Helms Jarrell speaks about the long, ambiguous path toward justice as well as finding hope among her neighbors. Faith & ...
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Video: How is QC Family Tree seeking justice in Enderly Park?

Video: How is QC Family Tree seeking justice in Enderly Park?

Greg Jarrell discusses the role of imagination in a justice-seeking life. Faith & Justice In this series on QC Family ...
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Video: What do you love about Enderly Park?

Video: What do you love about Enderly Park?

Marquell Pettiford speaks about authentic community in Enderly Park and how he wants to serve the neighborhood that raised him.Marquell ...
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Video: How is QC Family Tree on the path toward justice?

Video: How is QC Family Tree on the path toward justice?

Cornelia Hagens, volunteer with the QC Family Tree youth group, speaks about what justicelooks like for children and teenagers in ...
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Video: Why are you fighting for stable housing in West Charlotte?

Video: Why are you fighting for stable housing in West Charlotte?

Frank Byers speaks about his experience with gentrification and displacement, and why his community is fighting to maintain stable housing ...
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Photo Gallery: QC Family Tree in photos

Photo Gallery: QC Family Tree in photos

All photos taken in this photo gallery of QC Family Tree are by Lesley-Ann Hix Tommey. The West Side Community Land ...
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In this series, we learn how the Jarrells are organizing to combat gentrification, which increasingly threatens longtime Enderly Park residents with rising property values and the reality of displacement.

Additionally, we will explore how seeking justice starts with young people. That’s why the Jarrells and others continue to rally around children and teenagers in Enderly Park.

Ultimately, for QC Family Tree, seeking justice in Enderly Park means standing with their neighbors, even and especially when social and economic justice feels elusive and long deferred. In the meantime, QCFT will continue to be a place where the reality of relationship is its own form of justice.

Watch videos from local residents and leaders as well as the photo gallery to see for yourself.

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Seed money to launch our Storytelling Projects initiative and our initial series of projects has been provided through generous grants from the Christ Is Our Salvation Foundation and the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation. For information about underwriting opportunities for Storytelling Projects, contact David Wilkinson, BNG’s executive director and publisher, at [email protected] or 336.865.2688.

About our Storytelling Projects initiative