Friday, November 24th, 2017

Pathfinder and Neighbors Celebrate community

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Residents, volunteers and staff members of Pathfinder Services celebrated NeighborWorks Week, a national celebration of community engagement and neighborhood improvement by the network members of NeighborWorks America, by improving the outside appearance of two properties located on the south side of Huntington. The work was done on Wednesday, September 20.

The Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center combined with other NeighborWorks organizations across the country will mobilize tens of thousands of residents, business people and government officials in a week of neighborhood change and awareness, including painting and landscaping properties, recognizing successful partnerships and hosting a number of events that educate, train and inform. The Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center will provide landscaping for one home which was a part of the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation program. This program is part of the $600,000 Communities for a Lifetime grant that was received by the City of Huntington. The second property to receive volunteer landscape work was a part of the Acquisition and Rehabilitation program where Pathfinder Services purchases vacant homes, rehabilitates them to be comfortable and safe for individuals and families, and then sells them at an affordable price to qualified buyers.

“We are grateful to participate in the national NeighborWorks Week by showcasing two homes on Henry Street in Dovertown that our housing preservation programs have improved, which plays a small part of a greater City of Huntington effort to improve the neighborhoods of Huntington and celebrate what makes Huntington a better place to live, work and play,” stated John Niederman, president and CEO of Pathfinder Services.

Many homes in the historic south side of Huntington were faced with much needed repairs that were negatively affecting the living situations for the owners of the home. Often accessibility was also restricted. Pathfinder Services, in conjunction with the City of Huntington, has invested over $3.1 million to improve the community environment and overall value of the neighborhoods on the south side of Huntington since the first Acquisition and Rehabilitation property was purchased in late 2012. That investment includes properties which were improved through the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation program, the Acquisition and Rehabilitation program, as well as real estate development which includes six supported living homes located on Ash and Grant Streets and a new group home being developed on Jessup Street.

For the second year, the Citi Foundation is NeighborWorks America’s national partner for NeighborWorks Week. In addition to a financial commitment, Citi volunteers are joining forces with NeighborWorks organizations across the country to support various projects during Citi’s flagship volunteer program, Global Community Day, on June 10.

Shown in the photo are several volunteers improving one of Pathfinder Services’ Acquisition and Rehabilitation properties.