Rebuilding the Village
It is truly refreshing to see the next level of community involvement and the rebuilding of the village in Clinton.
I group up in the village concept that it takes a village to raise the child. The village concept also teaches that the village takes care of the villagers.
The housing project I lived in through the fourth grade was called Fieldcrest Village, and everyone held one another accountable while lifting each other up to meet standards that were never lowered. Now former residents of a government project that most expected only to produce failures, have tremendous success stories around the world. Thus, it is exciting to see the village being restored by way of a multitude of community impact efforts.
The Clinton Community Garden is doing well and will soon expand to continue to meet the needs more families in our community.
The Family Promise ministry is gaining momentum and will soon be in a position to address Lauren’s County’s homeless population.
Thornwell and DSS are working hard to meet the needs of families by resourcing families to give children a brighter future. Many of our local churches are facilitating ministries beyond the walls of their respective sanctuaries to remind parishioners that we are all connected, even if on Sunday’s we have a tendency to segregate ourselves.
On July 22, at Friendship AME Church on South Bell Street, DSS, Thornwell and Friendship partnered with many community partners to create an environment to further redevelop the village with the First Annual Community Block Party. The effort had food, music and games, but also had community resources to address housing, healthy eating, employment opportunities, school and afterschool initiatives, gardening tips, healthcare needs, and many other organizations addressing barriers that hinder our villagers from enjoying a higher quality of life.
Soon, the village will truly be restored. Young people will dream vividly again. Parents will express sentiments of hope instead of whispers of concern. Families will be stronger. Churches will be empowered.
Clinton will be a catalyst for change.
(Rev. Steven L. Evans is a pastor and lives in Clinton.)