Communities of Transformation officially came into being January 1, 2016, but work began long before that.
Communities of Transformation’s first site started in Dothan in 2013 under the leadership of Fred and Laurel Blackwell. The Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church committed to working with the poor, and the initiative first started by the Blackwells was vital to the early success of COT. Soon, sites in Selma, Brewton, and Eufuala started. Mobile and Phenix City were not far behind, as participants and volunteers began to understand that this model for changing lives was effective. Sites in Montgomery and Evergreen had started by early 2017, and our site in Pine Hill, Alabama, officially launched in 2018.
Our tenth site launched in late 2018 in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, with the first class starting there in March, 2019.