For the second year in a row, Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and Lowe’s are teaming up to help repair and revitalize the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Brewerytown.
As 6abc details, the non-profit is helping to clean up the dilapidated section of the city, hoping to make the community a better and safer place to live.
A team of 100 volunteers are being tasked with using a $250,000 grant by Lowe’s to repair ten homes in the area as well as the Athletic Recreation Center. The recreation center, in particular, is a focus for many of the volunteers, as it is a central anchor of the community. As Habitat for Humanity CEO Corinne O’Connell said, “Kids from the neighborhood have a safe place to come play after school, elderly residents come to have green space.” Volunteers will be making repairs to the center’s bleachers and expanding its garden and green space, as well as building a miniature community library.
This initiative was enthusiastically supported by Philadelphia’s Mayor Jim Kenney, who gave a speech to open the day and to lend his support. He said, “It’s important that we invest in our neighborhoods to maintain our facilities. Our kids should have equal or better access to facilities as kids in the suburbs.”
One of the home owners being helped, Darryl Williams, called the initiative a blessing. “They helped a whole lot because I really needed it.” Among the many repairs done on his home of two decades were patching holes in his kitchen floor and installing new windows.
Herman Arce, one of the day’s volunteers and one of the center’s basketball organizers, commented, “The better condition we can keep it in, the more it will be used in the community and it will be an asset for years to come,” emphasizing how important the center is to people in the community.
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