Reconnecting People | Once a property has been restored, Urban Homeworks works to connect neighbor to neighbor to create a livable, robust community with a strong sense of home. The result is a rich exchange between households that reweaves a sense of community through day-to-day activities.
When we ask the question, “How can we make our community better?” the flood gates open. Think of your own neighborhood. Are you happy with the schools? Are you able to find employment? Do you know your neighbors?
Urban Homeworks formed the “P.O.D. Council” to address questions like this. The P.O.D, or People Oriented Development, council consists of tenants and homeowners from UHW P.O.D.s who come together once a month to share resources and unite as one common voice.
The council members serve as messengers, sharing new learnings with their neighbors and bringing back needs for the council to address. Members are given specific tasks to go out into the community and provide support for their neighbors, sometimes in the form of information, and others by distributing winter window kits.
One year after the council formed, it has grown and matured, the relationships enhanced and deepened. With a donation of Christmas trees in December, they extended a hand to a neighbor experiencing a difficult time recovering from physical abuse. At one meeting, two neighbors met for the first time, discovered they have children the same age, and have become close friends. The council members share good news with one another, congratulating one another on going back to school for Associate Degrees, completing their C.N.A., and moving into a bigger apartment. Their connections are creating a network of support.
Hearing from our neighbors directly and consistently gives a platform for informing change. We listen to the voices of our neighbors in order to react to their needs. As we strengthen relationships, share resources, and voice concerns, we shape the neighborhood we live in.
Check out more photos from tubing here, and save the date for our next event, Roller Skating!
Date Saturday, April 18
Place Roller Garden
5622 West Lake Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55416