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Paint, supplies are needed as teens head to Oklahoma City for neighborhood revitalization project

Neighborhood Alliance and Rebuilding Together OKC are collecting paint to give an Oklahoma City neighborhood a facelift with help from Catholic Heart Work Camp.
BY JONATHAN SUTTON Modified: May 17, 2013 at 10:36 am •  Published: May 16, 2013

Working together

Although this summer's project is new, this isn't the first time the organizations have spruced up a neighborhood.

Jeanna Daniel said volunteers from Neighborhood Alliance and Catholic Heart teamed with her neighborhood association to repaint more than 100 homes in the River Park neighborhood over a seven-year period.

Daniel, who started the River Park neighborhood association in 2006, said crime reduction and an increase in community participation were the results of the home improvements.

“For someone in the neighborhood, having someone come and fix up their home gives them their dignity back,” Daniel said. “It gives them their heart and spirit back.”

Dickson said she hopes the organizations can achieve the same thing by rehabbing houses this summer and in other neighborhoods in years to come.

“When you feel proud of your home, you become more connected with the neighborhood,” Dickson said.

How to help

The project will take place June 24-27, and donations can be dropped off at Neighborhood Alliance, 1236 NW 36.

For information on how to get involved and donate, call Dickson at 528-6322.