(Plain Press, March 2016) The Stockyard, Clark-Fulton and Brooklyn Centre (SCFBC) Community Development Office is seeking a new name. SCFBC, which opened to serve the three neighborhoods in the summer of 2010, announced a contest to rename the organization at its annual celebration on January 28th at Walton School.
Adam Stalder, recently named as the SCFBC Managing Director, introduced the name change project to those present at the annual celebration. He urged anyone with a creative idea for a new name, to submit nominations via a web link at http://goo.gl/forms/wtGV2ub8Nt or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stalder said anybody could submit a nomination and the names can also be emailed or given to SCFBC staff members. He said SCFBC staff members will be passing out fliers at community meetings to promote the contest. He urged those wishing to submit an idea for a new name to get their nominations in by the end of March.
Stalder said three to five finalist will be selected from the names submitted and the community will have an opportunity to vote for their preference. The new name of the organization will be announced at the last La Placita in September.
SCFBC annual celebration featured entertainment by the musical group Down the Road and a performance by dancers from the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center.
The organization celebrated some of its accomplishments in 2015 including assisting over 4000 clients in applying for the Home Energy Assistance Program; and helping 768 low income families with tax preparation and in applying for Earned Income Tax Credits resulting in $1.1 million in refunds going to those families.
SCFBC also noted its work in cleaning up neighborhood green spaces and graffiti removal. The organization said its code enforcement efforts resulted $1.3 million in fines in Cleveland Housing Court for some of the area’s worst property owners. The work of SCFBC to rehab single family homes in the neighborhood resulted in 13 new owner occupants in 2015 and 100 plus new owner occupants in the neighborhoods served by the organization since 2011, said Stalder. The organization highlighted its “Cookouts with Cops” this past summer which attracted over 500 attendees at four events. SCFBC is also involved in support of the Mercedarian Walkers which engages area seniors in weekly walks and monthly health education sessions with Neighborhood Family Practice.
In the area of Community Development, SCFBC noted nine new businesses opened in its target area in 2015, the organization also assisted seventy area businesses with technical issues. SCFBC worked with the Hispanic Business Center to promote the La Placita attracting many area businesses to celebrate Hispanic cultural heritage at an open air market in the parking lot of the bank building at W. 25th and Clark Avenue. SCFBC celebrated the successful rehab of the Hildebrandt building on Walton Avenue, which it says has become a “Hub for local artists and food entrepreneurs in the Clark Fulton Neighborhood.”
Stalder joined with SCFBC Community Advisory Council Vice Chair Bill Graham, Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone, Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman, and Ward 14 Executive Assistant Taylor Henschel in distributing awards. Award recipients included: A Green Thumb Award to a group working at Barber and Vega led by Katie Jones and Ryan Kennedy. Bill Hildebrant received a Neighborhood Investment Award for the Hildebrant Building. Kyle Cogar received a Neighborhood Housing Award for investing in rehabbing five houses. Project CARE of the Animal Protective League was awarded the Community Partner of the Year award for offering area pet owners free spay and neuter procedures and vaccinations for their pets.
Chris Dunn was awarded a Community Champion award for her involvement in the community including work on neighborhood cleanups and neighborhood gardens on Daisy Avenue and W. 35th. Dave Reuse and Becky Barker received a Community Champion Award for their involvement in the Stockyard Connections Block Club. Sergio Gonzalez received a Community Champion award for leading an effort to transform Newark Court from a dumping ground into a more beautiful space.