Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland
NeighborWorks Week 2018 Event
June 7, 2018
Community Restoration on Cromwell Avenue, Cleveland
NeighborWorks Week is an annual week of collaboration and giving fostered by Chartered NeighborWorks America members each June. This year, Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland partnered with a small nonprofit, ATNSC Center for Healing and Creative Leadership, a life-long learning and holistic health center, to begin the process of transforming a vacant house into a vibrant cultural center to grow ATNSC’s health, wellness, and creative leadership program offerings in the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood of Cleveland.
The two-family home at 11808 Cromwell Avenue has been donated by the Cuyahoga Land Bank (http://www.cuyahogalandbank.org/) and will soon be renovated for ATNSC’s long-term use for programs through the Land Trust Program of NHS of Greater Cleveland.
When Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland learned that many of the residents on Cromwell Avenue are seniors, we knew we wanted to extend our restoration project to the entire street. Working with our community partners and friends, we organized a street-wide landscaping and community cleanup. We exceeded our original goal of cleaning and beautifying three vacant lots and one vacant home and were able to beautify the yards of eight additional neighbors.
With grant support from NeighborWorks America and lunch provided by Fifth Third Bank, NHS staff and volunteers from ATNSC and the neighborhood spent the day cleaning up trash in vacant lots, mowing lawns and trimming shrubs, and readying the front yard of the ATNSC house for landscaping after renovation. The Cleveland Neighborhood Progress ‘Clean and Green’ Trailer provided tools and equipment to make the work possible. Councilman Blaine Griffin’s office arranged for a city dumpster to be on-site, the final stop for the clean-up work of over 25 individuals that day.
Together with Ward 6 Councilman Blaine Griffin, neighbors and guest speaker Mordecai Cargill, ATNSC dedicated a “Peace Pole” in the front yard as a sign of its commitment to foster peace in the community (https://peacepoleproject.org/).
Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland is appreciative of the many neighbors and partners who made the day possible.