Founded September 27, 2011 by Brandon J. Johnson and Tommy L. Benford, Community Operations Recovery Empowerment Inc. (CORE) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit Community Engagement & Leadership Development Organization.


Our vision is to create an empowered community focused on economic development, academic success, civic engagement, and family involvement within our community and educational system. We are rooted in collaboration with other organizations and individuals. 

Our mission is to empower youth and families with the skills and tools necessary to lead healthy, fulfilling, and increasingly successful lives.


We achieve this mission by focusing on five core areas: Civic Engagement, Community Service & Neighborhood Revitalization, Economic Development, Mentoring, and Prevention/Intervention within the legal system.


We believe if we can make a small impact in each of these areas. We can make a substantial sustainable change within our City.

Board of Directors

Tadonne Neal Chair, Books & Breakfast Coordinator, JuneteenthICT Co-Chair 
Danielle Johnson - Vice-Chair, Juneteenth ICT Co-Chair 
Brad Thomison - Treasurer
Robert Moody - Secretary               
Rheanna Pierce  - CORE Community Garden Coordinator  
Bridget Young         
Mark Strohminger                              
Alex Blasi                                      
Kyle Wittorff   
Lamont Anderson - Advisory


Brandon Johnson - Executive Director