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It has been said that integrity is doing the right thing when we think no one is looking. Maybe integrity is choosing to do hard things when most people would give us a pass on taking the easy way out. For the purpose of this paper, integrity could be defined as ethics inspired actions. While the story of Avalon International Breads (Avalon) is focused on their commitment to the rebuilding of Detroit, it can stand as a model of integrity for the many cities and towns across America that have been devastated during the recent economic crisis.

Detroit has suffered greatly in recent years because of the economic shift in our nation that has greatly impacted the manufacturing sector. Detroit had been an epicenter of manufacturing for the past century, thanks to manufacturing innovators such as Henry Ford, and the auto industry (The City of Detroit, 2012). Today, Detroit is a shadow of its former self, and to many it serves as a stark warning of what might lie ahead for many other cities.

Politicians and bureaucrats in Washington D.C. continue to argue as to the state of our economy, whether we are on the road to recovery, or whether we are simply waiting for the other shoe to drop. Many of us get a good indicator of the situation every time we fill up our gas tank, or buy groceries. The video about Avalon demonstrates that ordinary people can make a difference by sharing the hope with others that we still control our own destiny.

Jackie Victor and Ann Perrault are the co-founders of Avalon International Breads. They were driven to do something to help the city that they loved. With so many Detroit businesses closing their doors, and an atmosphere and general attitude of despair that seemed too common in the city, Jackie and Ann felt a desire to inject some hope into the community. In return, the community responded with support and…...

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