When we begin a new project, we want it to be based in research. We want that research to be based on resident feedback. Every two years we conduct the Flourishing Neighborhood Index (FNI) survey developed by Focused Community Strategies in Atlanta. This tool measures neighborhood health and it communicates the perceptions and concerns of our neighbors. Last month, City Fields and Blythe Oldfield residents rallied together to discuss survey findings and outline clear action steps for the next two years.
2021 Survey Results
Take a deep dive into this fascinating data!
It's Renovation Season!
New homes are coming soon! Our contractors have been building porches, putting up siding, installing roofs, and prepping for new drywall.
We are expecting to have 3 homes complete by this summer: the 1926 Project, The Harden House, and Old Yeller. These homes are sponsored by the Community Foundation, Pinnacle Bank, and Bradley County American Rescue Plan Support. These projects would not be possible without the support of these amazing community partners!
If you went back in time about 50 years ago, you would find a tiny barbershop nestled on the corner of Blythe and 13th street. Some Blythe Oldfield neighbors fondly remember having their hair cut by Mr. Harden Gamble at the barbershop and then going next door to another little shop for a can of Charles Chips. Back in those days, these small businesses were a staple to the neighborhood.
To honor its history, we are calling this area Barbershop Corner. Until recently, this corner has been marked by dilapidated housing and overlooked structures. This year, we’re transforming Barbershop Corner with two beautiful single-family homes, which will be sold to first-time homebuyers. One home is called the “Harden House”, in honor of Mr. Gamble. The other is called “Old Yeller” – named by our good friend and long-time resident, Joe Moses, because of the light yellow paint on the old house that sat on this lot for years.
Certified welders! The March/April class makes up the biggest welding class we have seen so far. Welding jobs have been popping up all over Bradley County and the surrounding area, and this group is ready to fill some of those positions. Five of them are already employed with good paying jobs, and the others are well on their way there. Congrats to this amazing group!
The 180 Center is a rehabilitation ministry that supports men who dealing with life addictions, and provides them with a safe place to live, job training, and emotional and spiritual support.
We are proud to partner with this organization, to give some of these men a second chance at a long-term, stable career. A few students from this past class came through the 180 Center, and passed their welding tests with flying colors.
Each one of them are well on their way to stability and we are so proud! We can’t wait to welcome more participants into the workforce training program.
May 7: Homebuyer Education
The spring homebuyer workshop will be May 7, offered in both English and Spanish! This course is taught by our partners at University of Tennessee Extension at no cost to participants. Topics covered will include everything from mortgages to homeowner’s insurance to credit repair. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
May 13: Second Chance Job Fair
The Second Chance Job Fair will be held May 13 at the Big Springs Baptist Church Gymnasium. This event is specifically for justice-involved individuals. Attendees will meet with employers, apply for jobs, and gain access to valuable community resources. This event is in partnership with Southeast Tennessee Workforce Development and the American Job Center.
May 21: Blythe Oldfield Reunion
Join us on May 21 to tour the neighborhood and celebrate the history of Blythe Oldfield. We will walk through a timeline of what the neighborhood was like 50+ years ago and where it is today. Join us for engaging activities, a bus tour, dinner, and a good ol’ fashioned celebration. Everyone invested in this community is welcome!