Drake Neighborhood/Wells Fargo Wrap Up
Jen Robbins' Summary and Farewell
The bridge from classroom to community was built for me by Grandview Board Member and PCHTF Executive Director Eric Burmeister. In January of 2011 I was invited to learn more about the work of PCHTF to help provide safe, stable and affordable housing. That introduction and discussion of my skills and goals led to an internship for project management. It was an experience that changed my life and helped transform areas of the Drake Neighborhood.
One of the larger projects I helped manage included a $250,000 Wells Fargo Leading the Way Home® Priority Market Grant that brought together seven service providers and 30 teams of Wells Fargo employees to revitalize and improve the northeast side of the Drake Neighborhood.
We also offered and participated in several community events - Street kickoff party; local Drake farmers market; and an educational Home School Event; Door-to-door communications sharing, and the very successful Rock the Block™. The Rock the Block™ event brought together almost 400 Wells Fargo employee volunteers who conquered 25 home repair and projects.
I also had the pleasure of helping coordinate and communicate programs for eight homes in the northeast side of the Drake neighborhood that have either been rehabilitated or demoed and newly constructed. There have also been 16 new townhome style units constructed for low- income families in the area as well. I have put together a detailed final report for this project; click the link below to view the report. We also developed two Powerful Solutions tabloids to capture and communicate the projects, plans and results.
This project has been extremely beneficial not only to the Drake neighborhood and its residents but to me as well. I will always remember and be grateful for the experience that helped me see firsthand the impact caring people and companies can have in our shared community. I would like to thank all of the providers, PCHTF Board, Diana Deibler, and especially Eric Burmeister and the PCHTF staff for helping me succeed in so many ways.
Jen Robbins, Polk County Housing Trust Fund, Special Projects Manager Intern