Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County was established in October, 2015 through the vision and leadership of the Avedis Foundation. It is patterned after the pioneering work of Mack MacCarter and Community Renewal International in Shreveport, LA ( Since 1994, Community Renewal International has been changing the lives of thousands of people and restoring declining neighborhoods in the Shreveport/Bossier City area. Their efforts have earned national recognition including:

  • “Best Practice Model” —White House Conference on Community Renewal
  • “Solution for America” —Pew Partnership for Civic Change
  • Social Entrepreneurship Initiative Award —Manhattan Institute
  • Angel Award —Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • “Make a Difference Day” honoree —USA Weekend Magazine