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Review for Hamblin Personal And Community Development Institute, Richland, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am the founder and am one the current board members. It has been a joy to do the neighborhood focus groups and to identify supporters for the dream we have of reviving the first and only African-American USO built by soldiers returning during WWII. This was the first place where African-American veterans could gather socially in Battle Creek, MI., during the racially segregated 40's and later on through the 70's. The building later became a community center and was operated at some point by the City of Battle Creek as a youth center as well. The Hamblin Center was the only place in Battle Creek, MI where young African-American children could have after school activities. So for me, the possibility of bringing those opportunities back to neighborhoods that are struggling , is one of the best uses of my time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By being on their board and planning the multiple opportunities that will be available once we get an occupancy permit from the city of battle creek.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make sure that they connect with more neighborhood residents and tap their talents and skills. I would ensure that this center does become a safe place for children to grow, learn and grow.

Role:  Board Member & We provide opportunities for community memebrs to volunteer and in that process build community in several ways: strengthen relationships among residents who hadn't worked together and idnetify neighborhood needs. .