• Sarah Gifford

Saying Goodbye to 2018 Americorps VISTAs

For the past 12 months, Kiara Brown, Jessica Puckett, and Neema Tamang have worked hard to build capacity at the Better Block in both our Dallas and Akron offices. They have become part of our little family, bringing us joy, challenging us, and connecting us with their communities.

Kiara conducted community research about The House Next Door, developed new community partnerships, and created handbooks with best practices about the function and maintenance of the Exchange House. She has painted with neighbors, learned the traditional Karen dance with bamboo, and facilitated a conversation at Multilingual Meals in the Backyard. We are grateful for the data she collected, the people she mobilized, and all of the time she gave to build community in North Hill.

Neema increased our visibility and partnerships within the immigrant communities by developing and implementing community programming and producing a video series that featured the stories of various immigrants in