THIS WEEK'S CNN HERO 

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CNN Hero Luma Mufleh

Since 2004, Luma Mufleh and her nonprofit, the Fugees Family, have provided a community of support for hundreds of refugee children in Clarkston, Georgia.
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From refugee to Fugees

CNN Hero Luma Mufleh and young refugees from her program share the challenges of starting over in the United States -- and how soccer has helped.
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Meet CNN Hero Nancy Gianni

Since 2003, Nancy Gianni's nonprofit, GiGi's Playhouse, has helped more than 25,000 children and adults with Down syndrome reach their potential.

CNN Hero Georgie Smith

Georgie Smith and her nonprofit, A Sense of Home, transform makeshift living spaces into real homes for former foster youth in Los Angeles.
CNN Hero Georgie Smith started A Sense of Home after realizing that former foster children age out of the system. "They're out on their own," she said.

From the ground up

Volunteers from CNN Hero Georgie Smith's nonprofit surprise a former foster youth and her siblings with help building their own edible garden.
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CNN Hero Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens and her Nashville-based nonprofit, Thistle Farms, have helped more than 200 women escape the streets and transform their lives.
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CNN Hero Craig Dodson

Craig Dodson started a nonprofit cycling program for at-risk youth living in Richmond, Virginia, public housing. But he is much more than a coach to them.
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Riding through the pain

A young bike racer shows how CNN Hero Craig Dodson's program helps him overcome the challenges of growing up in a Richmond, Virginia, housing project.
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CNN Hero Paula Claussen

Since 1991, Paula Claussen and her group have crossed the Mexico border to build more than 1,250 free homes for impoverished families in Tijuana.
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Changing lives in one day

CNN Hero Paula Claussen shows how her nonprofit, Project Mercy, can build a home in a single day for families living on the outskirts of Tijuana, Mexico.
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CNN Hero Harry Swimmer

For 20 years, Harry Swimmer and his nonprofit have introduced hundreds of children with disabilities to the healing power of horses near Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Everyone's wild about Harry

CNN Hero Harry Swimmer, 86, gives an inside look at a day on his horse farm, where his nonprofit, Mitey Riders, helps children with special needs.
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CNN Hero Shara Fisler

Shara Fisler's nonprofit, the Ocean Discovery Institute, helps thousands of kids from one of San Diego's poorest communities discover science.
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CNN Hero Marquis Taylor

Basketball helped Marquis Taylor stay on the right path. Today, he and his group use the sport, and an unusual method, to help young people become leaders.
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Passing the ball

CNN Hero Marquis Taylor shares how his childhood experiences inspired him to help young people see their potential -- on and off the basketball court.

CNN Hero Brandon Chrostowski

Brandon Chrostowski is giving second chances to ex-offenders through his nonprofit restaurant and culinary training program in Cleveland.

Life after Edwins

Graduates of CNN Hero Brandon Chrostowski's program for ex-offenders show how they're now building successful culinary careers in Cleveland.
Veronika Scott's nonprofit group has made and distributed more than 15,000 free coats for the homeless nationwide and around the world.

CNN Hero Veronika Scott

In 2010, Veronika Scott designed a convertible coat for the homeless. Today, she and her Detroit nonprofit hire the homeless to help manufacture it.
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The Empowerment Plan

CNN Hero Veronika Scott shows how her nonprofit, the Empowerment Plan, creates jobs -- and dignity -- for Detroit's homeless.
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CNN Hero Sheldon Smith

Sheldon Smith's Chicago nonprofit gives young fathers like himself the skills to be positive role models and responsible parents.
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Manning Up

Sheldon Smith and his group, the Dovetail Project, have helped more than 200 young fathers in Chicago be positive role models and responsible parents.

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