Quality of Life Plan
Our actions as an organization are driven by the input of Clarke Square neighbors. At the 2009 kick-off event for the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative, more than 435 neighbors shared their vision for the Clarke Square Quality of Life Plan (QLP). They were asked to complete three sentences:
"The best thing about Clarke Square is..."
"Something I would like to change about Clarke Square is..."
"Something that is needed in Clarke Square is..."
The themes that emerged from neighbors' answers became the basis for the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative Clarke Square Quality of Life Plan. The Plan outlined nine key strategies to revitalize the neighborhood. A tenth key strategy was added in 2014. Neighbords developed everything that went into the plan below, and they continue to be the most important asset in the neighborhood.
We focus explicitly on four of the 10 strategy areas:
(With expected outcomes in three additional strategy areas)
Health & Wellness
Known formally as Project 10, our health & wellness strategy is a resident-driven and community-supported vision that improves and increases communication with neighbors around economic prosperity, emotional health and wellbeing, spritual wellness, and physical health in the Clarke Square neighborhood. This expansive perspective on health & wellness touches on many aspects of daily life.
Our efforts to support entrepreneurs and business owners in Clarke Square facilitate economic opportunities that impact the entire neighborhood. The Farm Project, our economic development initiative in partnership with the Cesar Chavez BID, sows the seeds of arts and culture in anticipation of reaping an economic harvest along the thoroughfare that forms CLarke Square's eastern border.
Safe neighborhoods are both the result of and the catalyst for an active and engaged community. We foster and support a community of safety and wellbeing for those who live, work, study, worhship, play, and shop in Clarke Square. We believe that bonds built between neighbors play a significant role in creating and maintaining a sense of safety in the neighborhood.
Our two-pronged approach to housing in Clarke Square focuses on both the quality of the housing stock, as well as the home ownership rate in the neighborhood. Our home improvement matching grant helps neighbors leverage their own personal resources in a way that not only improves the quality of their home but also encourages others to do the same.
The Journey House Center for Family Learning and Youth Athletics is one of Clarke Square's principal assets. Journey House is involved in many of the above strategy areas and also takes the lead on the three strategy areas we haven't mentioned yet:
To learn more about Journey House, visit www.journeyhouse.org
To learn more about the Zilber Family Foundation and to read the Quality of Life Plan documents for the Lindsay Heights and Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods, visit www.zilberfamilyfoundation.org.