Julie Brown

OCCUPATION Founder of Room to Grow, which provides free baby products to poor families in New York City

GOAL To reach out to a population she sees as woefully underserved

QUOTE "These parents want to shop for their children with a sense of dignity"

Visit Julie Brown's cozy ground-floor space in Harlem, and you may be confused about whether you've stepped into a baby boutique or a parental-advice center. Actually, Room to Grow is a bit of both. Brown's 200 clients--all poor New York City families referred by social-service agencies--come to "shop" for merchandise like sweaters and shoes, toys and strollers....

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