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.
It was a balmy 85 degrees with that special kind of Minnesota humidity that puts both endurance and deodorant to the test. Our neighborhood tour was off to a great start!
“I love Urban Homeworks!” exclaimed Bob Mingo from the front porch of his home in the Lovell Square neighborhood as our small group of UHW staff members walked by. Next door, Courtney Morgan, another UHW resident, turned off his grass trimmer (this was his first time using his Father’s Day gift in his new yard) to chat with us for a while. Despite the heat, Bob and Courtney’s joyful exchanges with us exemplified the kind of neighborly kindness that transforms adjacent buildings into a community, and neighbors into friends.
Lead by Shannon Jones, David Morris, and Jasmine McConnell, we experienced the richness of the Lovell Square neighborhood through stories of residents, personal memories, observations, and laughter. It was a deeply beneficial time of reconnecting with teammates and the “why.”
It was clear that we stood out. As UHW staff members, we were not only racially diverse, but dramatically varied in occupation, aspirations, and life experiences. Geographically, some grew up in this very neighborhood, while others grew their roots thousands of miles away. We didn’t all look the same, but like Bob Mingo and Courtney Morgan, we are all able to engage in this community in some unique way.
At UHW, we strive to “Be the WE we aspire to see” and in reflection, I believe this is a slice of what that means. To stand out. To be an uncommonly engaged neighbor like Bob and Courtney. To be committed to a common purpose with a community of people with different backgrounds and experiences. Whether community members, staff, partners, friends, and family, my hope is that we continue to explore ways to be courageously different by finding our own unique way of contributing to the collective WE we aspire to see.
Click here for a glimpse of the Morgan's beautiful journey to homeownership-don't miss what his four-year-old had to say about it!