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Hey all! Have you heard of Breaking Ground....they employ local folks, teach skills and invest in the neighborhood. They are located near Homan and St. Louis. http://breakingground.net/ They are always welcome to go and fill out an application - someone there is always available to help them do that!

— On the neighbor message I'm Looking for work, you have anything?
4:23 p.m.

Just saw this...how did it go?

1:07 p.m.

Thanks for the update Daniel - I was wondering how it went. We'll keep praying as you recover!

Seth - we are in for the next cleanup! Looking forward to it!

A question/consideration for the future. There is a very large vacant area at the end of our block on Kedzie from Flournoy to Lexington. I think it was going to be part of the housing development that popped up on Kedzie but stalled out. Its been vacant since we came here 3 years ago. I was wondering how we might find out about its status or if we could do something with it. I personally think it would make for a beautiful park (benches, flowers, trees, paths) or even a skateboard park for kids in the neighborhood (the city has put skateparks in other neighborhoods and Dave has been looking for a space to host a "skate school" for kids. He really loves to skateboard!).

Right now the lots are way overgrown, the fences are falling apart and trash is collecting. How does one figure out what we can do with property/eye sore :) like that?

2:11 p.m.

Me too! We were unable to make it today but we had a meeting of artists here last night and talked about meeting you all and talking about ways we can partner! I'll be in touch! :)

— On the neighbor message Art Reception in N. Lawndale
2:05 p.m.

@Valerie I thought it was a great idea to consider eventually covering every block in our ward in prayer. Do you know where I can find a good ward map to print off? I thought I'd start tracking where we go this Saturday!

— On the neighbor message Prayer Gathering for Lawndale
2:04 p.m.

Hey folks -- just wanted to let you know that we'll have some trash bags and gloves with us at the prayer gathering/walk. We figured folks like you couldn't pass up litter as we pray and/or just walk along! As Valerie said...prayer in action! :)

2:01 p.m.

So touched. Dennis - these are people you definitely want to meet! The prayer gathering and walk will be THIS Saturday. We are gathering at 11am at the corner of Kedzie and Flournoy on the steps of the circuit court. We had a similar interaction with the police when we first moved here-- definitely not helpful. I know for me, as I've prayed, God has not only given me some understanding into the complexities in our neighborhood...but changed a hardening heart to one of increasing compassion, hope and vision.

I hope many people (religious and otherwise) will come out this Saturday! It will be great to meet you if you are able to make it!

— On the neighbor message We got burglarized within 1 weeks
1:59 p.m.

Hi all! Lets meet on the steps of the circuit court/police station at Kedzie and Flournoy from 11am-12pm. Feel free to send me prayer requests ahead of time so I can make a print out for everyone. Looking forward to it! If you'd like to send requests a bit more anonymously email prayforlawndale@gmail.com

— On the neighbor message Prayer Gathering for Lawndale
11:50 a.m.

Hi all! Lets meet on the steps of the circuit court/police station at Kedzie and Flournoy from 11am-12pm. Feel free to send me prayer requests ahead of time so I can make a print out for everyone. Looking forward to it! If you'd like to send requests a bit more anonymously email prayforlawndale@gmail.com

— On the neighbor message Prayer Gathering for Lawndale
11:50 a.m.

Hi all! We will gather on the steps of the circuit court on the corner of Kedzie and Flournoy at 11am-12pm. Please send any requests that we can pray for...I'll make a print out to share with everyone!

— On the neighbor message Prayer Requests?
11:48 a.m.

Great to put some names to faces today! What a difference in that lot!!! (Did anyone take before and after pics?)

11:45 a.m.

sweet! time and place?

— On the neighbor message Prayer Gathering for Lawndale
4:51 p.m.

Hi All!
Just wanted to update you....due to some scheduling conflicts on the holiday weekend we are going to push this to next week June 4. Location still TBD but at the very least we'll just meet up and go on a prayer walk to bless the community and intercede for it. I'll keep you updated and would love to meet you if that is something that resonates with your heart for our community. Thanks!

— On the neighbor message Prayer Gathering for Lawndale
8:54 p.m.

Glad to hear it went well! We were going to join you but then decided to use our pick-up skills on the vacant lots around our property...the winter snow did a nice job of hiding it :) but spring has exposed the massive collection of trash! It looks so great now - sure wish it would stay that way by itself ;)

2:35 p.m.

Thank you for the well wishes. We are hopeful too. It is sad to hear these stories. We are hoping to meeting other "praying" residents of Lawndale -- we've been here a few years now and are looking forward to meeting other people in the community. Please come out if you can!

— On the neighbor message Prayer Gathering for Lawndale
2:30 p.m.

@Project North Lawndale - Thank you for your perspective. Its disappointing to hear that this is the case. We attend a church that currently meets in a school building in Wicker Park...as a part of its "birthday" celebration the leadership has encouraged people to bless the city in some way...sort of reverse gift giving :) We haven't attempted this before but we are energized to get the word out anyway we can and pray for a strong showing. If you or anyone else have specific contacts in churches throughout Lawndale (North and otherwise) I'd be happy to get in touch with them personally! I have been networking with lots of organizations and individuals but I haven't had connections to many churches. Any help would be appreciated! p.s. No worries on raining on the parade :) I'll definitely be sure to report back - it will be a good learning experience and hopefully we can improve it for future gatherings. Hope to see you there - it would be great to meet you and anyone else on this site! Thanks again!

— On the neighbor message Prayer Gathering for Lawndale
9:23 p.m.