On Saturday, September 21, BHITC kicked off its first-ever Rally CLE event, a new initiative and key element to its community development efforts in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton and Stockyards (CFSY) neighborhoods. The event, which will become a recurring effort, is centered on supporting the ideas residents in these neighborhoods have for improving their own community. Whether it’s a garden, mural, or a community toolshed, BHITC wants to help leverage the leadership that already exists in these neighborhoods through Rally CLE.
For the inaugural event, seven resident-led projects took place. Countless meetings with resident leaders, site coordinators, churches
and new neighborhood partners led up to one beautiful day, which began with a time of worship and devotional and ended with block
parties at each of the project sites.
It was a great start to both a new event, but also building resident relationships in CFSY and exposure of BHITC in these neighborhoods! “Residents really came alive in leadership and ownership ways,” said BHITC’s Anthony Giambroni, who organized much of the day. “We saw 100-150 residents at the block parties and probably 20 additional residents join in throughout the day who had not pre-registered.”