Below is the executive summary of our Transformation Plan for Highland Terrace in Columbus, GA.
Completing a Transformation Plan alone is not enough to achieve transformation. While there is a lot of work ahead to implement this plan, We expect innovation and creation to spur as a result of aligning the many efforts that are underway in the Defined Neighborhood. This plan is a representation of the work being done and a guide of the work ahead.
Through meetings with community partners and public engagement processes, it is apparent that the residents of the Defined Neighborhood face challenges in the form of lack of adequate housing for the elderly, lack of easy access to health and wellness services, and lack of interconnectedness and fellowship. Thus, the Transformation Team’s goals are to eliminate those challenges. As a result, the Transformation Team (comprised of community partners) is confident that the addition of a low-income elderly housing development would be of paramount benefit to the residents of the target community, and the addition would be instrumental in overcoming or at a minimum mitigating the community’s elderly housing challenge. For that reason, we propose the approval of funding for the elderly housing development Highland Terrace.
In pursuance of meeting the goal of overcoming the Defined Neighborhood’s lack of easy access to health and wellness services, the Transformation Team plans to implement the Healthy Housing Initiative Program. We have partnered with MercyMed of Columbus (MercyMed) to meet that goal. MercyMed is located in the Defined Neighborhood, and its doctors and staff have agreed to come on-site once a month to perform screenings for various diseases, health risk assessments, and to assess future health risk factors. We have also partnered with the River Valley Area Agency on Aging to provide a wide variety of wellness services such as Medicare explanations, health insurance explanations, and wellness classes to the residents of Highland Terrace and the Defined Neighborhood. And lastly, on this initiative, we have partnered with the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) in order to monitor and evaluate the success of the Healthy Housing Initiative Program at Highland Terrace.
Being successful in the endeavor of creating easier access to health and wellness services means much more than folks just being physically well, it means having a community whose members support one another.
In pursuance of meeting the goal of overcoming the Defined Neighborhood’s lack of interconnectedness and fellowship challenge, we have partnered with Fox Elementary School (Fox Elementary). That partnership will result in a volunteer reader program and opportunities for children to come on-site and display their artwork, have choral concerts, and participate in craft activities with seniors. We have also partnered with Little Bit Farm. Little Bit Farm is a family-owned sustainable fruit, vegetable and livestock farm. The owners of Little Bit Farm have agreed to set-up a farm fresh produce stand at Highland Terrace twice per month. We hope this will be a catalyst for a greater farmer’s market.
Transformation Team members and Community Quarterback Truth Spring have already been working toward increasing interconnectedness and fellowship in the Defined Neighborhood for many years. On the same path, the Transformation Team thinks that the community inclusive activities that it will implement in order to overcome the Defined Neighborhood’s health and wellness and will have a positive externality of increasing interconnectedness and fellowship among residents within the Defined Neighborhood.
The Transformation Team members have been engaged in community development and improvement through various initiatives for over ten years; this development and transformation plan will aid in those efforts. The Transformation Team is deeply committed to creating opportunities to transform the Defined Neighborhood into an overall healthier place to live, work, learn and play, and it aspires to build a culture of fellowship, health and wellness within the target community; it invites you to help.
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