Nuestra Casa/The Gathering Place began as a vacant home at 253 West 15th Street in Holland’s Westcore Neighborhood. Through a collaboration among Nueva Comunidad/Fourth Reformed Church, Good Samaritan Ministries, Women’s Service Day, and Westcore Neighbors, it will be renovated to become a place for neighbors to gather.
The vision is of a place where neighbors—friends or strangers—can gather. As a sort of clubhouse, it will have a large meeting room, a functional kitchen, a community garden. It can host book clubs, coffee klatches, and knitting groups. It will be a comfortable place for tutoring, for art classes, for computer lessons. It will be a place where neighbors can share what they know about gardening or home repair or the law or household budgets. It will be a place for preparing meals together, learning to preserve food, breaking bread, building community one relationship at a time.
We hope Nuestra Casa/The Gathering Place will create “pride of place” and a gathering place for our residents who live among so many abandoned homes, as well as encourage future revitalization projects in the City of Holland.