Groundbreaking of Green Space and Play Area
On October 6, 2012, neighbors, stakeholders, and local leaders met with children from West Fresno to share their dreams and visions of what they hoped a neighborhood play area might look like. This was a perfect opportunity for the children to have input in potential revitalization of an area that would best serve their needs. The dream started to become a reality on April 24, 2014, when several of these same children turned the dirt to kick off the construction of this much needed green space and play area. This nearly $230,000 investment is being funded solely by the private sector.
The green space and play area have been part of a larger, long-term community conversation for decades with our Neighborhoods Revitalization Program and the 41 and North Corridor Neighborhood Planning Team, which is comprised of residents, several businesses, and a number of area nonprofits. This team has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life in this much neglected community.
During the groundbreaking event, Geri Yang-Johnson, Community Development Officer for Wells Fargo, officially presented Habitat Fresno with a check for $119,731 from its UrbanLIFT Community Grant program. Thanks also go to PG&E who contributed $35,000 and to Cargill Beef who donated $30,000. Community partners included Darling International, Guarantee Real Estate, and the Guarantee Goodwill Network. The event was covered by ABC30, KSEE24, Univision 21, CBS47, and the Fresno Bee.
Mini Makeover at ReStore
The Habitat for Humanity International ReStore support team from North Carolina was in town to perform a “Mini-Makeover” at the ReStore. The lighting department was selected to get a fresh, new look and to make some merchandizing changes. The three day venture included removing all lighting products and fixtures, which were then replaced, rearranged, and given new pricing tags.
A new rack was built to house the ceiling fan display, and at the Do It Yourself section, customers were taught how to refurbish old fixtures by spray painting them to give them a more modern look.
Next time you are in the area, come check out the new lighting department. It’s illuminating!
Joe and Marissa Parks
Joe and Marissa Parks have been volunteering at Habitat for over two years. Their background in real estate has given them a front row seat to witness the need for decent and affordable housing here in the Central Valley.
The Parks have generously given of their time to further the Habitat mission to build homes, hope, and community. They have been involved in land acquisition, the Almy Street playground, the ageing in place strategy for seniors, youth engagement at the Mary Ella Brown Community Center, and strategy discussions regarding green carts in neighborhoods where fresh fruits and vegetables are not readily available,
“We view the mission at Habitat as one that allows members of our community a vehicle to demonstrate good will and the love that God has shown each of us by putting good intentions into action. At Habitat we partner with others to build homes, communities, lives, and hope,” Joe said.