Goshen News, Goshen, IN

September 30, 2013

Volunteers to clean up Historical Roosevelt Neighborhood.


THE GOSHEN NEWS

— ELKHART — From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, LaCasa and the city of Elkhart will host a second “Rock-the-Block” in the Historical Roosevelt Neighborhood.

Like the first Rock-The-Block in June, this event will feature music, community, food, empowerment and cleanup. Twenty-four homes will participate along with a handful of small, local businesses and volunteers.

“It is heartwarming to see neighbors care for each other and for the beauty of the city,” said the Rev. Nelson Kraybill of Prairie Street Mennonite Church. “Prairie Street Mennonite Church is proud to partner with La Casa, the city, and neighbors to make this block shine.”

Participants will gather on Saturday morning at Prairie Street Mennonite Church, 1316 Prairie St., Elkhart, to register and receive instructions. Parking will available in parts of both of their north and south parking lots.

A range of tools will be provided.

Event organizers invite people to bring additional equipment, including power washers and line trimmers; but volunteers do not need to take anything in order to participate. People with painting experience are also invited to participate on a special project that will require 10 to 15 painters. Church and service groups are welcome.

Also sponsoring the event is the law office of Stutsman & Mulvaney. Senior Partner Doug Mulvaney said, “Stutsman & Mulvaney are proud to help sponsor Rock the Block. The collaboration of LaCasa, the city of Elkhart, and the many residents of the area are to be commended for their hard work in improving the neighborhood. We are happy to be a sponsor of this great event.”

Other event sponsors include Martin’s Supermarkets, NeighborWorks, Miracle Motor Werks and the Historic Roosevelt Tenant Association.

Contact Bonnie Martin at 533-4450 to donate or become a sponsor.

“We look forward to making a major impact as a community united in mission and purpose to continue the revitalization of the south side of Elkhart,” said Jason Moreno, a neighborhood resident and LaCasa Inc.’s community organizer. “We encourage all Elkhartans to come be a part of the miracle of community that comes from this event. We thank the city of Elkhart for the contributions, as well as the rest of our sponsors, and most importantly, all of the residents who come out to make a difference.”