“To positively transform forgotten communities into places in which we’d all want to live” Advisory Members Alice Sterling, OD Allie Braswell - Urban League Ann Hellmuth - League of Women Voters Atalie Ashley-Gordon - Florida Hospital Bill Donegan - Orange County , retired Brian Zugelder - UCF Charles Baxter - Harvest of Hope Dale Budha - Lakeside Behavioral Health Dave Krepcho - Second Harvest Dee Danmeyer - Habitat for Humanity Dick Batchelor - DB Management Group Frankie Elliot - Orlando Realtors Assn. Jennifer Englert- Avalon Kiwanis Joan Nelson - United Way John Crossman - Crossman & Co. John Moskos - Bank of America Julie Helton - East River High School Karen Broussard - Second Harvest Kevin Sherin, MD - Orange Co. DOH Lavon Williams - Orange Co. Govt. Leslie Ahonkhai - Orange Co. DOH Pastor Lisette Torres - Iglesia de Dios Margaret Brennan - Orange Co. PCAN Maureen Kersmarki - Adventist Health Mercedes Fonseca - Comm. Pete Clarke Patrick Kelly - Cong. John Mica Comm. Pete Clarke - Dist. 3, Orange Co. Roxie Webster - Neighborhood Ctr. for Families Ross Halle - Avalon Group Stephanie Darden - FDG Creative Steven Duranceau - UCF Engineering Susan Fernandez - Sen. Marco Rubio Teena Rajeesh – Doglando Fdtn. Tim McKinney - United Global Outreach Tracy Durham - Leland Management Verbelee Nielsen-Swanson - Florida Hospital GOALS 2009 Listen, Learn & Love doorknocking campaign in Bithlo UGO commits to Bithlo Transformation First Baptist Church of Bithlo transfers ownership of church property to UGO Fall Festival at the soon-to-be school hosts a cookout attended by 600 people 2010 Orange Co. Academy (K-3) opens with 6 students Listen, Learn & Love Community Listening Tour with hundreds of residents led to: Seven AREAS OF FOCUS: Environment Housing Transportation Health Care Education Basic Needs Sense of Community Additional partnerships with Avalon Rotary, Kiwanis and churches Information-gathering on seven areas of focus Lynx Town Hall meetings Community festivals and suppers Central FL Assn. of Optometrists (staff and students) begins free annual eye exams and glasses New playground added 2011 Orange Co. Academy (OCA) enrollment to 32 students (K-8) Community Health Centers Inc. (CHC) commits to the area’s first permanent primary care clinic for low-income, un- and underserved residents in Bithlo, Christmas and Wedgefield. Florida Hospital formally partners with UGO UCF College of Engineering agrees to evaluate water and options for service Orange Co. Mayor Teresa Jacobs holds a public meeting in Bithlo on water quality UGO receives Edyth Bush grant for capacity-building Food Bank renovation and expansion Clothing Boutique opens Out-of-state churches begin mission trips to Bithlo 2012 Partnerships total 65+ business, faith-based and community entities Florida Hospital receives Blue Foundation grant for mobile dental unit for adults and children UGO gathers signatures for water testing for 300 homes. Some tests show harmful levels of benzene. Cong. John Mica facilitates $11m DOT agreement to move up SR 50 expansion (including Econlockhatchee River Bridge) to 2014 Community Health Center opens Florida Hospital CHiC grant for dental restoration Town Center design completed Computer lab donated Lakeside Alternatives offers counseling in Bithlo Two areas of focus added: Economic Opportunity Advocacy 2013 UGO acquires adjacent property for Transformation Village Lynx bus restored in Bithlo after nearly five years without service 2,000 books donated by Adventist University for Transformation Village Library Florida Hospital and contractor Brasfield & Gorrie launch Hire Local - Bithlo Graduate class at UCF College of Public Administration conducts Meta-Analytic Review of Previous Studies – Compiling Social, Health, Environmental, Infrastructure and Transportation Data. UCF College Democrats and Republicans collaborate to form Project Bithlo St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church partners with Catholic Charities/UGO to secure a permanent mobile medical bus Florida Hospital engages vendors to complete renovations at Transformation Village Four new classrooms OCA bring enrollment to 74 students (K-9). “To positively transform forgotten communities into places in which we’d all want to live” Guiding Principles Listen to community voices to inform and shape holistic, sustainable transformation plan. Reignite hope and inspire grass root action to change generational poverty. Develop plan that starts with the current state of community, ends with community viability and sustainability, and allows exit strategy. Transformation is holistic and can not be limited to one segment; all segments require simultaneously action. Engage private / public partnerships. Serve the community with compassion and dignity. Build relationships and capacity, not programs or isolated projects. Be action-oriented without bureaucracy. Focus on the best interests of the community and not on personal or organizational goals, agendas or egos. Fundamentals Business-led Resident inspiration and engagement Tight geographic focus – place-based Balanced community-centric plan vs. program-centric Leverage existing financial resources and community assets Advocate for those without a voice VIP Philosophy – always serve individuals with dignity Timing is Critical Replicable Model Bithlo Transformation Village Education Transportation Housing UGO Basic Needs Building Community Health Care Environment Economic Opportunity UGO Faith Community Partnerships Advocacy Next Steps Open the Transformation Village Library and Café. Finalize plans and open the Community Garden, boutique, hair salon, pet spa and daycare center. Formalize and broaden community and business support for the Bithlo Transformation Effort. Develop a feasible and effective plan for the cleanup of A-Z Properties. Encourage already employed members of Hire Local – Bithlo to advance in career fields. Encourage other residents to participate. Begin Adult Education programs Fall 2013. Explore options with Siemens Corporation to transform and utilize junkyards in more constructive, economically appealing land use. Provide eye examinations and follow-up care for Head Start students ages 2-5. Find a location for 6000 sq. ft. donated modular donated by Florid Hospital. Modular will house a comprehensive medical city and absorb current mobile services and add space for new services. Collaborate with federal, state and local elected officials to designate funding for public water.