Sunday, April 7, 2002

Mount Healthy:
'It's one neighbor helping another'

By Cindy Krantz,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MOUNT HEALTHY -- People here are working on a youth mission to rehab homes this summer. Community education programs are on their agenda, too.

        Many involved in Neighbor to Neighbor also are members of the Mount Healthy Community Coalition, which was organized last fall.

        ''We are all different,'' says Mike Neal, 36, a Mount Healthy police officer and coalition member. ''We have to sit down and talk it out and see where we're all coming from.''

        The coalition is seeking donations from businesses so it can sponsor a booth during Heritage Days, the weekend of May 17. Organizers want to print materials informing people about issues ranging from racial diversity to substance abuse to violence prevention.

        While Mount Healthy is mostly white, the school district is about 60 percent African-American. ''Obviously, those kids spend a lot of time in the Mount Healthy community,'' says Viki McCorkel, 29, who coordinates drug safety programs for Mt. Healthy schools.

        She'd like to to see more local churches involved and hopes this summer's housing rehab project will be a catalyst.

        From July 29 to Aug. 2, about 300 teens and adults from all over the country will fix up about 25 houses here for free. Churches and the school district will help feed and lodge visitors. It's all part of World Changers, the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board's project to renovate homes.

        Although the rehab project was planned before the Neighbor to Neighbor conversation, it dovetails nicely.

        ''It is a Neighbor to Neighbor kind of project because it's one neighbor helping another,'' says Dennis Holmes, 52, a North American Mission Board missionary assigned to Cincinnati.

        Says Ms. McCorkel: ''It's not a black or white thing. This is just people helping people.''

The Police
Violence up, arrests down
Changes made since April 2001
Q&A with Police Chief Streicher
Q&A with former F.O.P. president Keith Fangman

Neighbor to Neighbor
Community meetings produce results
Going beyond polite silence
What your neighbors said
What do you think?
What's happening in 145 communities
A sampling of communities:
- Mount Healthy
Pleasant Ridge
What institutions are doing

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Neighbor to Neighbor home page
Matters of Race: Bridging the divide in Greater Cincinnati
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Live Without Hate
Common Ground
Cincinnati 2001: Year of unrest
Unrest in the city: Archive of riot coverage
Unrest photo timeline
Jim Borgman on race

One Year Later
What were they thinking?
Too early to assess impact
Micheal Basnight's resolve
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ACLU adds its Y-E-S to deal

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Violence up, arrests down
Changes since April 2001
Q&A with Streicher
Q&A with Keith Fangman

Meetings produce results
Beyond polite silence
What your neighbors said
What do you think?
In your community
Mount Healthy
Pleasant Ridge
What institutions are doing

Neighbor to Neighbor
Matters of Race
On the Same Page
Live Without Hate
Common Ground
Year of unrest
Riot news archive
Unrest photos
Jim Borgman on race

World Changers

Mt Healthy homeowner John McQuiller,right, talks with Mt Healthy Police Officer Mike Neal,left, and Dennis Holmes, left center, about the renovations World Changers will make to his house this July. Taking notes at center is Clyde Kramer, who is assigning the repair work. Mr McQuiller is getting a new roof and some painting. Approx 350 teens and adults will fix around 25 homes in Mt Healthy. Photo by Michael Snyder