Nobel Neighbors program coordinator Ms. Jackson stays in sync with new developments in the community. Residents need to know what is being done in their community and who they need to go to when things need to be done. Even though a lot of negative things are reported in the media great things happen in our community as well. A new basketball court was installed on the 600 North block of Harding.
Safety is a major concern in the community that we serve. Nobel Neighbors was surprised to learn that the 25th District was number 7 in the city for reports of child abuse. Nobel Neighbors board president collaborated with the 25th police district and West Park Academy to host an awareness event to educate the community on the topic of child abuse.
Join us as we honor Nobel Neighbor’s first president Doug Bostic. Doug was a very active community member, great father and friend to many. In honor of his life and legacy a street sign will be installed at the Children’s Garden of Hope 4052 West Potomac in Chicago, IL at 11am. Please join us for a day of family and community. In addition. a kiosk will be installed at the garden to keep community members informed about activities at the garden. We hope to see you there!
Nobel Neighbors was created with the community in mind. Community safety,unity and connecting neighbors are at the center of the work that Nobel does. Residents in the 37th Ward gathered together to lift their voices with the Alderman’s office against violence in their community. Nobel program coordinator Venus Jackson was in attendance on behalf of Nobel Neighbors during a 100 Blocks 100 Churches event.
On May 20th 2017 Nobel Neighbors in partnership with West Park Academy of Fine Arts & Technology hosted it’s 1st community health fair. Parents of West Park and Nobel Neighbors Program Coordinator Venus Jackson put together a top notch event for the community. Many organizations were in attendance to this event such as Near North Health Facility, Family Focus, Mount Sinai, UIC, Gift of Hope, Catholic Charities, Next Level Health, Healthy Chicago, Chicago Police Department,Oak Street Health, Walgreens and Metropolitan Breast Cancer Task Force. Nobel Neighbors has been busy at work connecting with various stakeholders in the community to strengthen its community ties. Parents and community members were able to learn about healthy, practices, check their blood pressure, blood glucose levels and even be tested for HIV and other STD’s This is the first of many community health events that Nobel Neighbors hopes to be a part of.
Nobel Neighbors in collaboration with My Block My Hood My City & West Park Academy was able to set out on an Explorers trip with a group of 7th & 8th graders to Navy Pier. Students were able to take in all the beauty that Navy Pier had to offer on a beautiful sunny day. They discussed their future high school goals and what they hoped to get out of the days excursion. This trip was special because they are the first elementary school to partner with MBMHMC. This explorer trip was made possible through generous donors and a connection made with Nobel Board member Jennifer Dixon.
Nobel Neighbors hosted its 3rd Annual Caroling Event at the Children’s Garden of Hope on Potomac and Karolv. Neighbors gathered armed with warm clothes, hot coco and holiday tunes to usher in the season! Though they were small in number … Continue reading
In response to the murders of Sam Walker (34) and Lafayette Walton (16) in July, both near the corner of Crystal and Keeler, Nobel Neighbors held its first vigil of six in as many weeks on August 6th, 2014. This vigil, and many others after it, brought together neighbors and partners in the fight against gun violence in our streets in order to call attention to a major crisis that has impacted the area in West Humboldt Park served by Nobel Neighbors for generations.
Since the murders of Sam Walker and Lafayette Walton, from July 2014 through January 2016 alone, in the Nobel Neighbors community area there were 5 homicides, 19 shooting victims, and and untold number of unreported shootings (see map below). For more information, consult the DNAInfo Chicago interactive map: Where Shootings Have Occurred in Chicago Since 2010.
To read a report detailing this campaign for peace in our streets, click here: A Year n Some in the Hood: Nobel Neighbors in 2014-15
See also press coverage of vigils:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nobel Neighbors returns to its roots
West Humboldt Park, Chicago Il. May 31, 2014
Nobel Neighbors, a long standing community organizing group serving West Humboldt Park residents, is refocusing on its founding mission to provide a safe environment and opportunities for the neighborhood’s youth.
“Nobel Neighbors was originally founded to reclaim the blocks immediately surrounding the Nobel Elementary School [4127 W. Hirsch St.], from gang activity,” said long-time board member and community resident Jim Lundeen. “In the mid-1990’s, Nobel Neighbors added housing development to our organizing work to take on problems with abandoned buildings and shoddy practices by FHA lenders. In 2008, we put further emphasis on housing work to support our community through the economic crisis. Now that the housing market has stabilized and the community has larger community organizations solely focused on housing as deep, reliable resources, Nobel Neighbors can refocus on its roots – the community and its children.”
According to Antwan McHenry, a community resident and Board member, “During an extensive program review with the Chicago Police Department’s “A Force for Good” initiative, Nobel Neighbors’ Board took a fresh look at the key issues facing West Humboldt Park today with an eye to understanding where Nobel Neighbors could have the most impact.”
Jennifer Dixon, Nobel Neighbors Board Chairman, said “We felt that we had an opportunity to do more to meet the organization’s founding objectives and determined that supporting the community’s schools – Alfred Nobel Elementary School and West Park Academy- would both return us to our mission and give us the best chance to make a difference in the community. We have worked closely and openly with the administration of both institutions to outline a strategy that will fit with their goals and help them meet their most urgent needs. We expect to see several initiatives come to fruition with the schools over the next year.”
“Even as we move into a direction that focuses on our founding objectives, we recognize there are broader issues that affect our neighborhood.” said Bill Smiljanich, community activist, property owner, and Board Member. “We believe that engaging and organizing with the parents and students of our local schools allows us to deeply connect to the broader issues and initiatives of our neighborhood. Additionally, our organization is looking to reconnect with old projects that have taken on lives of their own and have made a significant impact on the community, such as the Children’s Garden of Hope, which exists because of Nobel Neighbors.”
“We fundamentally believe that investing in our children is an investment for the future, so we are refocusing to more effectively support the community’s schools and creating environments within which neighborhood kids can engage in safe recreational activities. Nobel Neighbors’ goal is give each child an opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of income or race,” said Dixon. Antwan McHenry said, “I grew up in this neighborhood. I live and work here for a reason. I want to see this neighborhood and its residents thrive. I know that as a kid, the opportunities that Nobel Neighbors gave me opened my eyes to a world beyond drugs and gangs, which is why I support and have advocated for continuing and expanding our traditional focus on kids.”