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Toiling to heal a Baltimore community

Toiling to heal a Baltimore community

Months ago, a homeless man entered Dwayne Hess' West Baltimore coffeehouse. He took in the scene for a few minutes, had a warm beverage, then headed for the door. Before he left, the man turned toward Hess, whom he had never met before, and said something that continues to stick with the former Mennonite farmer. The man, disheveled and obviously down on his luck, spoke of being shunned at other places, some as unremarkable as gas stations, but welcomed without reservation at the coffeehouse. "He said, 'I always feel like people are judging me or looking at me funny. But when I came in here, I didn't feel judged,' " recalls Hess, who grew up on a farm in...