Posted by: Marcia Davis | August 7, 2011

Building Momentum

The Holland Sentinel highlighted Westcore Neighborhood in an article published last week. Check it out to learn more about the neighborhood that will soon be the home of Nuestra Casa/The Gathering Place, our community center.

Raul Garcia, who grew up in the neighborhood and is now an AmeriCorps representative there, helped launch Westcore Neighbors last November to strengthen Holland’s west-central neighborhoods. The group is a partnership between New Community Fourth Reformed Church, Maple Avenue Ministries and Good Samaritan Ministries.

Many improvements have already happened in the neighborhood, from alley cleanups to a community garden and the painting of a mural. “This group is not about what needs to be done and assigning someone to do it,” Raul told The Sentinel. “It’s about us asking, ‘What are you interested in and how can we help get it done?’ It has to be about neighbors actually caring to do the work. We want to build momentum where it has already started.”

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