On Saturday, October 3 The Independence Heights Redevelopment Council, in conjunction with the Independence Heights Super Neighborhood Council, held our GO Neighborhood Celebration & Kick Off at the Independence Heights Park, located at 603 E. 35th Street, from 10am to 2pm. Over 200 households came out to learn about the Independence Height’s selection and participation in the LISC Great Opportunities Neighborhood program.
The great opportunities in Independence Heights were showcased such as historic churches, excellent schools, thriving businesses, important community resources, and opportunities to serve their community. Residents were provided information on how to get involved in the future of their community, made valuable connections with their neighbors, and had lots of FUN!
There were many neighborhood social service, community organizations, and churches represented at our celebration. Abiding Faith United Methodist Church, Independence Heights Assistance Ministries, Motherland Clinic, Catholic Charities, Kid’s Meals, Neighborhood Centers, Historic Independence Neighborhood Council, and the 34th Street Corridor Quiet Zone, just to name a few. We were also fortunate to have the Houston Police Department, the Houston Public Library Mobile Unit, and the local Fire station attend our event.
One of the many wonderful activities that added so much to our celebration was a main stage for local talent to be showcased. The Kennedy Elementary Cheerleading team, the Ripley House Senior Hispanic Dancers, Burrus Elementary Tap Dancers, Los Diferentes de Texas, and the Booker T. Washington Gents all gave amazing performances that added to the feeling of community and celebration. For the youth of our community we had many wonderful staff and volunteers assist with children’s games, arts and crafts activities, and a pumpkin patch. We offered free hot dogs, popcorn and water to all who attended.
We were privileged to receive a large food donation from the Houston Food Bank. Community members who attended ten informational booths received a coupon to receive food. Patricia Thompson of Ebeneezer Church Outreach Ministry organized a large clothing drive at Ebeneezer Church and the same particpants who received a coupon for the food donation was also given a pass to receive free clothing.