Fresh Produce Giving Us A Reason to Smile– or Smize

Smizing– I remember the first time I had heard the term used to describe someone who was smiling with their eyes. However, it is not until today that I realized that there is no better way of describing our faces whenever Friday rolls around because TGIF!

Thank goodness it’s Friday! However, TGIF not only because its a long holiday weekend ahead but thank goodness it’s Friday because we get to see our wonderful community partners and get to deliver fresh produce into the hands of our community members.

Trust me, we are all smiling full grins under our masks even though all you see are our beautiful smizes.

This week, another 75 bags of fresh produce was dropped off to folks impacted by COVID-19 in our neighborhoods, bringing our total to 230 bags! Thank you to Invest STL for making all this possible and to our partners Metro Market St. Louis, Old North Restoration, Old North Provisions, Vandeventer Neighborhood, and the Revitalization of Baden Association!

If you or your organization would like to help us expand our reach further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Thank you. Be well and take care. 🙂

We Have Strong Communities!

Every day, we hear news of the toll that COVID-19 is taking on our economy, communities and current way of life. This news is overwhelming and often defeating. But its not all without hope. Every day, people are coming together and lending a helping hand to those around them. What we do at North Newstead Association is just a small snippet of the great work that is happening across our region and my heart swells just thinking of how strong our communities are!

Today, another round of fresh, nutritious produce was delivered to our wonderful partners and residents in the Fairground, Wells-Goodfellow, Fountain Park, and Lewis Place neighborhoods. As of today, over 155 unique individuals and their families have received bags overflowing with collard greens, potatoes, cabbage, onions, bananas, cantaloupe, tomatoes and more. 

 

Thank you to InvestSTL, Fairground Neighborhood Revitalization Organization, Wellston Loop CDC, Lewis Place and Fountain Park Neighborhood Association, and MetroMarket for making all this possible and allowing us to reach more people- especially those who have no other means of getting fresh food at this time.

Additionally, a special thank you to Urban Harvest! For the past several weeks, the folks over at Urban Harvest has generously shared the spring bounty from their Food Roof with us. Paired with our other deliveries, this partnership has served as a catch-all for other residents looking for fresh food.

Another round of deliveries is in the works for next week. If you or your organization would like to help us expand our reach further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Thank you. Be well and take care. 🙂

Landlord and Rehabber Training Series goes VIRTUAL!

Our Free Landlord and Rehabber Training in partnership with Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC and the Vacancy Collaborative has gone VIRTUAL!

Register today for the next training on May 26th!

You are invited to a Landlord & Rehabber Training, Tuesday, May 26, Best Practices to Stabilize a Rental Business, offered online in a Zoom meeting. Register here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom. Save that email or copy and paste the information into your calendar. You will need that information to join the virtual workshop on May 26.

We will learn critical steps to stabilize a rental business and keep operations running smoothly.
Adam Drake, tenant screening specialist at HomeScreen, will share the facets that should be part of any tenant screening effort.
Charles Bryson, director of Civil Rights Enforcement Agency, will explain methods to adhere to Fair Housing regulations.
Kristan Nickels, professional property manager, will layout best practices for managing a rental and share case studies wherein nuisance properties were stabilized.

COVID-19 RESOURCES: Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC, property manager Kristan Nickels, has compiled resources for tenants and procedures for property management and maintenance during Covid-19. Review those here.

The 2020 Landlord Training is a Northside-Southside Collaboration between North Newstead Association, The Vacancy Collaborative, and Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC. This FREE training is open to all landlords, property managers, rehabbers, developers, and interested parties. Zoom offers several accessibility features which can be found here. If you need special accommodations, please contact dana@towergrovecdc.org
The goal of the Landlord & Rehabber Training Program is to stabilize our communities by building an eco-system of educated landlords, rehabbers, and small developers empowered to reduce vacancy and nuisance. The program will enlist professionals from real estate, property management, law, accounting, preservation, & finance industries to share their knowledge on acquiring and developing real estate and implementing property management best practices.

This activity is funded by a HUD Community Development Block Grant via the St. Louis Community Development Administration and coordinated by Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC, North Newstead Association, and The Vacancy Collaborative.

Tenant Screening service is available for all areas! Visit MyHomeScreen.org or call 314-865-5530.

These Unprecedented Times Catalyze Further Community Support and Generosity– Thank you!

These unprecedented times…

That is how we constantly hear colleagues, politicians, and the news describe the current situation we all find ourselves in and they’re right. Twenty of the twenty-one neighborhoods in our service area are located on the North side of St. Louis City and are among those hardest hit by Covid-19. (For more details of Covid-19 cases by zip code) Many have seen jobs disappear overnight and with that the ability to pay for basic needs like food, rent and utilities.

However, these unprecedented times have also acted as a catalyst and a call-to-action. We’ve seen communities mobilize at a moment’s notice to provide a helping hand to those in need and we’ve been blown away by the generosity of our partners, funders, family and friends who have stepped up so that North Newstead can continue to serve our communities and residents.

Today, North Newstead Association staff made our first of several deliveries of fresh, nutritious produce to our neighborhood association partners who assisted in connecting us to residents most affected by the current pandemic. We would like to take the opportunity to thank Invest STL for their support which allowed us to deliver bountiful bags of produce to 75 different families in three different neighborhoods on the North side. A special shout out to the Ms. Rosalyn Jackson of the O’Fallon Community Developing Organization, Ms. Conchita Curry of the Penrose Neighborhood Association, Brian Krueger of the St. Louis Place Community Association and to Quinton Ward with St. Louis MetroMarket! We could not have done any of this without you!

 

The generosity of our network did not stop there.

Since the stay-at-home orders began, several individuals have reached out and donated funds to allow us to provide rental assistance to our tenants who have had their incomes affected by Covid-19. These amazing individuals include Robyn Heidger of Enterprise Bank, Collin Robinson, Mike Burns, Ametra Harris, Connie Boyer Cox, Kathlene Postel Gaines and Rhonda Eichelberger Liddell. With a total of $2,500 donated for rental assistance, we cannot thank you all enough for your thoughtfulness and generosity!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, St. Louis! Over the next few weeks, North Newstead staff will continue to provide produce bags for other families in our service area with the goal of providing a total of 300 families with fresh, nourishing produce. If you or your organization would like to help us expand our reach further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Thank you.

 

Vandeventer Neighbors Need Your Expertise!

Volunteers are needed for Vandeventer Neighborhood Horticulture Therapy Healing & Meditation Garden Park at Cook Avenue & Pendleton.  They are seeking  the following: Grant support writers, networking experts, social media influencers, educational program coordinators, landscape designers, community service influencers, horticultural therapy entrepreneurs, gardeners (plants, flowers, moss) and outdoor enthusiasts.  All interested in volunteering, please reach out to Cynthia McCrea at cynthia.mccrea@gmail.com

Learn more about this incredible opportunity here!

Section 3 Job Opportunities

What is Section 3? It is a means by which HUD fosters local economic development, neighborhood economic improvement, and individual self-sufficiency. Section 3 is the legal basis for providing jobs for residents and awarding contracts to businesses in areas receiving certain types of HUD financial assistance.

See opportunities currently open below!