As we celebrate our first decade, the staff at 6 Stones felt that we ought to reflect on the history of our organization and programs. We invited key figures from the early days of this nonprofit to share their memories of the process by which we became the organization we are today. What follows is an Oral History of 6 Stones, as narrated by the people who made it happen.
Before we begin, however, it’s important to note that one voice is missing. Scott Sheppard, our Founder and Executive Director for that first decade, declined an offer to contribute to this piece. His reasons for withdrawing from the spotlight are his to share, but we want to acknowledge — as several figures below made sure to point out — that 6 Stones would not exist without Scott.
The history of 6 Stones is vast and complex. It weaves together various organizations and programs, all of which have evolved over time. Rather than attempting to trace these interconnected changes, we have divided our history into thematic sections and arranged those in something resembling a chronological order:
PART II – Community Powered Revitalization (coming soon)
PART IV – Night of Hope (coming soon)
For more on the New Hope Center, which is technically older than 6 Stones but an essential piece of our organization, click here.
While many of the interviews contained in this piece were collected concurrently, some materials are drawn from stories previously featured on this page. In an effort to provide extra context and clarity, some transcripts include more detail than the final videos in each section. Our staff has worked to make sure that each piece of this collection stands alone, but we recommend that you take the time to explore every feature as it becomes available.
For additional context, please see the official timeline of 6 Stones events.