Looking Back, Looking Forward
The year is drawing to a close, and
Better Community Development has a lot to be thankful for in 2010. We've seen a lot of growth in our programs, and continue to improve the quality of life for low-income, underserved, and at-risk residents of Little Rock. We're also looking forward to the future with new projects such as the EmPowerment Center. Here is a snapshot of our accomplishments over the past year...
Between June and August, BCD provided 788 meals to low-income children and youth.
The Summer Food Service Program was
established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet federal nutrition guidlelines, are provided to all children at approved sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.
In other youth program news, BCD Program Developer Sandra Mitchell and Philander Smith College Student Deneetra Williams presented the video "Let's Talk About It" at a recent panel discussion about AIDS in Arkansas. The safe sex video was produced in the summer of 2009 by youth who participate in BCD's Youth Initiative Program (YIP).
The Arkansas Minority Health Commission hosted the panel discussion in recognition of World AIDS Day.
Hoover Treatment Center
In 2010, the Hoover Treatment Center served 337 men and women with addictions.
Hoover Treatment Center provides a structured, 24-hour, comprehensive, intensive residential and out-patient program that addresses the chemical dependency needs of men and women, while decreasing the social and economic costs to the state of Arkansas. The Hoover Center is licensed by the State of Arkansas and serves as its only faith-based provider.
Right now, BCD has three 3-bedroom, 2-bath, double garage homes for sale in the 8700 block of 28th Street. A subsidy of up to $25,000 is available for those who qualify.
BCD's Affordable Housing Program continues to help individuals purchase, rehabilitate and manage homes in Little Rock and surrounding areas. We provide free one-on-one counseling, homebuyer education classes and foreclosure intervention and prevention.
For more information, call BCD Housing Director Darryl Swinton at 501-379-1539.
BCD continues to recognize the importance of training and developing our staff in order to better serve our clients.
In September, the National Community Developers Program Network of the United Methodist Church hosted its annual training event in Scottsdale, Arizona. BCD, Inc. was honored with the opportunity to play a key role in sharing best practices with representatives of sister organizations from around the world. BCD’s Deborah Bell serves as a member of the National Board of Directors for Black Methodists for Church Renewal.
This year’s conference theme was Let’s Get Radical: Transforming Our Lives, Transforming Our Communities. The event included workshops, worship services, networking opportunities, reports from the field, and morning “Holy Yoga” classes taught by BCD Success Story Odell Johnson.
In October, representatives from BCD attended a week-long training conference for HUD affiliates in Washington, D.C. The event, hosted by Mission of Peace, focused mainly on foreclosure counseling. Mission of Peace is a HUD-approved National Intermediary for Housing Counseling located in Flint, Michigan.
“I hope with our organization that clients will see the effectiveness (of the training),” said Employment and Housing Specialist Ruth Jones. “I hope they will be able to recognize that we care.”
Although it's been a successful 2010, we still need your help. We are half way to our goal of raising $5 million to build the EmPowerment Center. Learn more about the Empowerment Center on our website.
Darryl Swinton Elected to FHLB Board
BCD Housing Director Darryl Swinton has been elected to the board of directors for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas. Beginning January 1st, Swinton will serve a four-year term as an independent director.
To learn more about FHLB of Dallas, visit their website.
Deborah Bell Works the Runway
In October, BCD’s Deborah Bell was honored to represent women of faith as a featured model in The Salvation Army’s Annual Autumn Runway Fashion Show & Luncheon. Each year, the runway is graced by ministers’ wives and leaders of faith-based organizations from the community. The event benefits The Salvation Army’s programs in Central Arkansas.