AmeriCorps Team Helps Revitalize Neighborhoods

Day 5 269
The AmeriCorps NCCC team with NRI Manager, Anne Marie. photo credit: Resolusean Photography

The Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRI) kicked off at San Diego Habitat for Humanity in 2013 and it has made quite an impact. The program aims to provide necessary housing renovations/repairs and community engagement throughout San Diego County.

Habitat recently had the honor of hosting an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team that was here for five weeks.  During their stay, they made major strides in the Escondido community, where they focused their NRI efforts.

The AmeriCorps team consisted of ten members between the ages of 18-25 who have chosen to dedicate about 46 weeks of service to a certain region, traveling within that region during their term of service. During the five-week stay in San Diego, the team provided some incredible assistance with quite a few projects, including the 2014 Home Builders Blitz, the renovation of rundown Rustic Park, and the A Brush with Kindness program. Work ranged from conducting surveys before work on a community begins, to clearing out brush and debris from a build site, and working on the home build sites.

The team went beyond their day projects and engaged fully in the communities with whom they interacted with at Interfaith Community Services, the organization that housed them for the five weeks. They became close to the homeless and veterans they met there and gave back to Interfaith by cleaning up and restoring one of their yards. This was the first AmeriCorps NCCC team that SDHFH has hosted.  We could not have asked for a better group of people to partner and work with.  Thank you, AmeriCorps NCCC Class 20 Team Blue 4!

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