Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Our Partnership Park Downtown Neighborhood Association meeting was this afternoon. So much needed to be done here. About 4 blocks by 5 blocks just south of downtown, when I bought my large old house here 6 years ago, this was the area of our small city with the highest crime rate, the most drugs, the highest rate of teen pregnancy. There is now a high rate of building foreclosures, and quite a few properties are being broken into and vandalized. Many organizations have pulled together to make a big difference here. There are 5 or 6 churches in the area, and there's a strong Community Action Agency that is very involved and has secured several million dollars worth of grant funding. More than 19 Habitat for Humanity homes have been built. The police are working harder to make sure that properties are secured. More young people are participating in the After-School Program that's sponsored by 2 of the churches. Our Residents' Events Committee just completed distributing Thanksgiving food baskets to some 150 needy families in the area where there are about 700 households, many of which are in rental units. Lots is going on, and things are definitely improving. New hopes are on the horizon for Partnership Park in Jackson, Michigan, and I am very proud to be a part of it!