The The Independence Heights Redevelopment Council’s “Keep it Bright in Independence Heights” initiative was an amazing success! Over twenty-three homes in the community received repairs and fresh paint between June 1, 2009 and July 31, 2009. But more importantly neighbors connected with one another and outside volunteers in this wonderful beautification program.
The purpose of this initiative was to create community renewal through beautification, restoration and preservation. IHRC and its community partners convened more than five hundred volunteers over these two summer months to help beautify, restore and preserve the community. Volunteers church groups came from as far as Ohio and Michigan came to help community residents with landscaping, painting, heavy trash removal and minor exterior repairs. These volunteers took the time to learn about the wonderful community of Independence Heights and made lasting relationships with residents. When asked about her experience with the volunteers, Mrs. Melonee Idlebird of 212 E. 31 ½ Street said, “They were all so wonderful! They did an excellent job!”
Thanks to the help of our community partners including LINC Houston who provided many of the volunteers, the labor and some materials free to area homeowners. The following organizations provided valuable resources and assistance: Keep Houston Beautiful, the City of Houston’s Memorial Park Nature Conservancy, and Ruckel-Dillon-Wright, Inc. of Houston.
Due to the overwhelming response from area residents, the “Keep It Bright in Independence Heights” project will continue. IHRC, along with more volunteer groups, will be painting homes in the neighborhood during monthly clean-up efforts. If you would like to in obtain more information about this project or would like to volunteer please contact Martha Ferguson, IHRC Community Coordinator, at (832) 208 – 3007.