One Birmingham dad is devoted to developing community—here’s why


John Vereen, Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, RealtySouth
John Vereen at the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. (Nathan Watson / The Bama Buzz)

John Vereen is the proud father of two children—a neurotypical daughter and a nonverbal autistic son. Parenting has given him a unique window into both the importance of community and obstacles to belonging.

His life experience informs his volunteer work with local groups like The Literacy Council, UAB’s Regional Autism Network and RealtySouth‘s Belonging Council.

Keep reading to learn more about how he and others at his workplace are building community—for themselves and the people they serve—based on kindness, love, integrity, respect and peace.

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