Neighborhood Change made Personal.
The excitement of the week continues to build, as we near the hour we hand over the keys to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Thursday, the construction site began to look more like a new home for the McFarland family and Pack House 2000. With the completion of the building exteriors, the large equipment and most building supplies were moved elsewhere to make room for the landscaping to begin. Walkways were created, pavers were laid, the basketball court was completed - and that was only the exterior work! Inside the home, everything from fixtures and finishes to touch and cleaning were completing. At the end of the day, the hard work of Estridge and the thousands of volunteers led us to be almost 90% complete with the home and well on our way to handing the keys to Extreme Makeover.
Estridge, our partners, volunteers and the entire community are eagerly awaiting Saturday when the McFarland family arrives home to Oxford Street and sees their new home and Pack House 2000 library, as well as the incredible changes in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood.
Thursday, Indianapolis learned that IPS School #37 is being gifted to the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood association to serve as a community center for the neighborhood. Much physical change began in the neighborhood this week - redressing of alleys, manicuring of streets and lawns, repainting of homes, demolition of an abandoned home, planting of 1200 trees and more. However, neighborhood transformation extends much further than the physical piece. Transformation needs to be personal as well. Having a place for the neighborhood to call home, gather and transform is equally as important - historical School #37 will serve as the neighborhood home for Martindale-Brightwood.
In addition, there has been an outpouring of support from people, organizations and corporations that want to support the neighborhood and various initiatives. Marian College will be providing tutoring and literacy training at the local elementary school in Martindale-Brightwood (IPS School #51) and also at the new community center. Additionally, Marian College is working on creating a scholarship program to benefit the community. Many other organizations are excited about the possibility of serving the neighborhood as well.
The public-private partnerships in our city are truly amazing and have been greatly magnified throughout this project. The new community center would not be a reality without the efforts of IPS, Juvenile Court, Central Indiana Community Foundation, Making Connections, Martindale-Brightwood Community Development Corporation, and many others.
Donate $10 to the Extreme Makeover Charitable Fund and help facilitate change in the neighborhood.