Heroes are all around us. All it takes is one person to make a difference. The individuals below are part of The Hero Effect.

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The Heroes

Stephen Moss

Stephen Moss, who was inspired after his daughter returned from deployment injured, founded Mission United supports military veterans and their families.

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Chad Houser

Chef Chad Houser created the Dallas-based Cafe Momentum restaurant and culinary training facility to transform the lives of at-risk youth who have spent time in juvenile facilities.

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Brook Bello

Brook Bello used her story of survival as a way to reach out to other victims of human trafficking to help them heal and restore their own lives.

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Maria Gomez

Maria S. Gomez is the founder of Mary’s Center, a community health organization providing health care, education and social services in the DC metropolitan region.

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Carolyn Jons

Carolyn Jons leads the effort to help improve language and literacy development in children, and nurture healthy family relationships.

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John and Tom D’Eri

John and Tom D’Eri founded Rising Tide Car Wash which hires individuals with autism and teaches them job skills to help them on a path towards independent living.

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Judy Cockerton

Judy Cockerton founded Treehouse, a multi-generational affordable community connecting the elderly with families in foster care or who have been adopted.

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Katie Stagliano

Katie Stagliano started Katie's Krops to teach kids about growing vegetables and how providing those crops to disadvantaged populations can help fight hunger.

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Jack Viorel

Jack Viorel leads Indo Jax Surf Charities, which empowers disadvantaged, medically fragile, and special needs children by exposing them to the ocean environment and teaching them to surf.

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Julie Garreau

Project leader Julie Garreau works with young people from poverty stricken Native American families in the Eagle Buttle, SD, community to create services that foster healthy choices and life practices…

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Their Organizations