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Paul Blighton usually directed ministry teams to obtain properties in bad neighborhoods where charitable work was most needed. Ironically, these neighborhoods tended to gentrify over time, raising the value of HOOM properties, far above the initial prices paid for them. One former HOOM member quipped, "You couldn't have come up with a better real estate investment strategy if you tried." One of the primary purposes of CSB at present is to find good uses for these valuable properties. Some have become monasteries or sketes, others have been given to Orthodox parishes, and still others have become administrative or diocesan centers.
/about/history.shtml Raphael House]''', a property previously belonging to HOOM was originally an integrated charitable activity of CSB, but was incorporated as its own California [http://www.oca.org/RHArticle.asp?SID=15&ArticleID=109 nonprofit organization] in 1991. [http://www.oca.org/DOorg.asp?SID=5&LID=36 It is under] the [[OCA]] jurisdiction.
=== Liturgical Practices ===