Last week our Community Builders Bash honoree, Kenneth Luchs, and his lovely wife, Susan, joined us for a tour of some of the good things Yachad has been doing lately. Staff members, Audrey Lyon and Kendra Rubinfeld, and board members John Eichberg, Josh Weinberg and Ilan Scharfstein were part of the tour as well as we viewed the following properties. Mr. Luchs wanted to see with his own eyes the work that Yachad is doing, and we were happy to show him. Take a look at the tour…
We started out at the Emory Beacon of Light, one of Yachad’s Faith-to-Faith partners. Cynthia Johnson, the architecht from A.R. Meyers met us there to discuss what she designed for the Brightwood Storefront Project that was completed earlier this year.
We then crossed the street to take a look at the completed project. Thanks to Yachad’s project management, funds from the city, leadership from Emory Beacon of Light, Total Management for their construction, and A.R. Meyers’s design, the entire block is a place residents can be proud of.
We then stopped for a quick bite at Julia’s Empanadas, one of the stores whose storefronts had been renovated. Delicious!
We then drove up further north to visit the 2nd Street, NE Cooperative that Yachad has been working with this year. Through a grant from the National Fair Housing Alliance, architectural design by Century and Associates, and the help of all of the Ramp it Up! teens over the summer, Yachad has completed a large scale access ramp that makes six units accessible. Soon, Yachad will have professionals renovate the interiors of the six units to be accessible as well and then once the job is completed, the units will be rented and sold affordably to people with physical disabilities affecting their mobility and people aging in place.
All in all, it was a lovely day in the neighborhood.