I’m pretty motivated right now. It’s just after 9:30pm and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be awhile before I’m able to fall asleep. We had a neighborhood meeting and there were at least 60 people there. By far the biggest turnout of all the meetings we’ve had. Last year, when I tried to get a block club together, I had 7 people show up – that’s counting my parents and TJ. There were no more meetings and no one ever asked about it again.
Having an armed robbery on your block tends to bring people together, even if it’s just to bitch about slow police response time. People have decided that enough is enough. We have little to no police presence in our neighborhood and the drug dealers and gang wannabes know it. The kids that are on the edge of delinquency are being pushed to the other side by parents who don’t have time, or just don’t care enough, to have an active role in their kids’ lives or by their peers who, as we all know, have tremendous influence.
There’s another reason things are different this time. Her name is Denise and she is a spitfire. She motivates me like only one other person has been able to do – Dana-do, I love and miss you!!!
Denise and I have been tossing around the idea of coming up with a way to get some grant money to help improve our community and, tonight, I think we may have come up with a way to do that. Denise made arrangements with one of the leaders of a neighborhood organization to come to our meeting tonight. They’ve been around for more than 12 years, have non-profit status, and are very involved in their community. That’s what we want. And I’m sure we can get some grants to really do something good, something important for our families, our neighbors, and for our community in general.
I’ve always wanted a job that was good for my soul. Even if it’s not a paid position now, or maybe not ever, it’s something that I can be proud of. I believe we can do something positive and help to create a strong, active community. There are plenty of people in the neighborhood that want to stay and want something resembling the community that once was, years ago. But most people don’t have the time or energy to devote, or they don’t think they do. If we can help develop the foundation and get things going, I’m confident that more people will join in.
I’ll keep you posted.