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May 27, 2012
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Pa. Charity Battles Back From Financial Brink

Photographs by Scott Goldsmith, for The Chronicle

Michele Atkins, head of Heritage Community Initiatives, had to make tough decisions to help the social-service charity dig out of debt and lessen its dependence on state aid. Among its fundraising efforts: an auction of kid-size chairs decorated by local artists.

So many people and businesses had disappeared from Braddock, Pa., in the decades since its steel industry collapsed that Heritage Community Initiatives, a home-grown social-service charity, didn’t want to be among them. But saddled with nearly...

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