Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh exists to provide a world where everyone has a decent place to live. An independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat Oshkosh is a champion of affordable housing through the simple concept of bringing people together to create meaningful change.
“Habitat’s mission is to bring people together to build homes, hope and community,” said Jeff Potts, executive director. “What we’ve found is if we focus on bringing people together it’s so much more efficient to build (or fix) homes and that allows us to create a sense of community. Once you feel that sense of community, it gives everyone hope for a better future. That’s what we are here to do.”
While most people are familiar with Habitat’s home-ownership program (based on building and selling homes with a zero percent interest rate to qualified families) the organization also works to revitalize neighborhoods through strategic partnerships. Working with partners such as re:TH!NK Winnebago County, Habitat is launching a program called Rock the Block (also with Greater Oshkosh Healthy Neighborhoods Inc. and the City of Oshkosh) to provide affordable repairs and improvements to properties in the Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association. The program seeks to connect neighbors to make literally connect and build a stronger sense of community.
Oshkosh’s first Rock the Block will take place in Spring of 2019. Habitat for Humanity and Social and Place Connectedness Team are discussing together to increase in-person social connectedness in Oshkosh.
For more information contact Habitat at (920) 235-3535 or RockTheBlock@HabitatOshkosh.org.
The Social and Place Connectedness Team and the newly formed Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association are excited to work together to foster stronger relationships and greater connectedness across the neighborhood. Residents see the neighborhood as a great place to raise children and grow old. A local park with playground equipment and a ball diamond is a central feature and gathering space for residents. Building relationships with neighbors, residents that live on nearby streets, and businesses will be the focus of this new partnership. Leadership of the association as well as the connectedness team are looking forward to the work we will engage in together.
Sacred Heart District Neighborhood Association envisions to enrich the quality of life in Sacred Heart District by creating an economically and socially diverse neighborhood and valuing communication, accessibility, and safety in its neighborhood. The neighborhood association is south-bound by 9th Avenue, north-bound by 4th Avenue, west-bound by Knapp Street, and east-bound by Dakota Street. The association is led by a steering committee consisting of members elected by residents in Sacred Heart District, and the members of the association promote community activities to connect neighbors with each other.
re:TH!NK’s Social and Place Connectedness Team is excited to partner with the Sacred Heart District Neighborhood Association to support their needs. In-person connectivity has a positive impact on people’s health, so re:TH!NK will be working with Sacred Heart District to identify the problems that discourage or prevent connectivity within this district. re:TH!NK and the Sacred Heart District Neighborhood Association will work together to present solutions to their concerns and help create a healthy, connected neighborhood. We look forward to working with the Sacred Heart District Neighborhood Association!
Adam Bellcorelli is an Employee Consultant at Clarity Care, a nonprofit agency dedicated to provide service and care to those with acute and chronic conditions. Adam joined re:TH!NK as a member of the Social and Place Connectedness team and is also their liaison to the Leadership Council. He was also our emcee at re:TH!NK’s annual Soiree in 2017; and he did, without a doubt, a fabulous job! His warm and positive personality, plus his genuine love for this community are why we are so lucky to have Adam as a part of the coalition. re:TH!NK would like to thank him for all of his contributions so far and is looking forward to continuing our work with Adam. Thank you!