We were delighted to have a whole day of neighborhood improvement on Sunday, June 5, with our community partners: Habitat Chattanooga’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. The Beautification Blitz followed extensive efforts to walk in the neighborhood with local landscape architect Matt Whitaker and Daniel Gamble from Habitat, listening to neighbors about their needs and priorities for home and landscaping improvements.
After laying the groundwork, the Blitz event was able to come off as a successful cooperative event where 10 local homeowners were served in one day. Daniel could then follow-up with those neighbors during the following week to set priorities through June, and ongoing needs.
Often Habitat Chattanooga’s work in their home repair operations (NRI) focus on a longer scope of action with one family at a time. But this unique event allowed the volunteers to reach a higher quantity of residences. The Beautification Blitz also served as an introduction to the neighborhood for volunteers, kicking off Habitat’s focus of impact in the Glass Farms Neighborhood, setting new boundaries for the focus of their work.
In spite of some rainy weather local Abundant Life Church arranged a hearty Fish Fry from local business, Glass St. Breakfast and Lunch House, as a way to nourish the busy volunteers and facilitate social camaraderie over good food.
For Glass House Collective, this partnership is a natural branch growing from early “next big thing” community feedback, setting goals for residential improvement. At least one of the families we worked for was a homeowner not contacted before, but they responded positively and now looped into activities as a direct result of the Blitz.