Black Hills Power Contributes $1,500 to Build a Community Pocket Park

(Rapid City, SD) August 6th, 2014 On August 6th, 2014 at 1:30pm, Black Hills Power presented a check in the amount of $1,500 to NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources and the College Park Block Club to support the construction of the newest community pocket park in Rapid City.

Black Hills Power along side other donors and volunteers will help transform a vacant lot into a community play space on the corner of Lemmon and Monroe in North Rapid.

The space once known as Willow Park will be brought back to life by volunteers on Saturday September 13th, 2014.  The play space will provide a safe haven for sensory and imagination play.

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In the Photo: Neighborhoood children gather around the future plans of Willow Park. They think the sculpture donated by Bridget Beck will be one of the coolest structures in the future Willow Park.

In April of 2013 NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources and the College Park Block Club approached Rapid City Parks and Recreation and received approval to build a neighborhood pocket park.

NeighborWorks partnered with surrounding organizations and community members to design a play space that will fit the needs of the neighborhood.  National and local contributions from Kaboom, Black Hills Area Community Foundation, Walmart Foundation and Black Hills Power have showed their commitment to this area by providing generous funds to complete the project.

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In the picture: Stephany Valkenburg – NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources; RCPD Lt. John Olson; Parks and Recreation Board Member – Rick Askvig; City Council Member – John Roberts; Mayor Sam Kooiker; Black Hills Power- Jason Sanderson; Black Hills Power- Marsha Nichols; Rapid City Parks and Recreation Executive Director- Jeff Biegler; NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources Executive Director- Joy McCracken; Black Hills Power- Jamie Hill.

“This is a great opportunity for Black Hills Power to be a partner in our community to provide a wonderful recreation option for kids and families.  We always enjoy working with NeighborWorks on these projects, and enjoy giving back to the communities we serve” Said Mike Theis, Director of Operations at Black Hills Power.

Community Parks promote healthy habits, increase physical activity, renew self-identity, and belonging as an antidote to social alienation, vandalism, and violence. Willow Park will be another resource in our community to encourage and increase our revitalization efforts.

NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources and the College Park Block Club would like to thank all of the organizations and volunteers that have given their support for this community project.  Their efforts prove the community is dedicated to providing resources and increasing healthy and happy activities for our children and families to enjoy.

The Willow Park Planning Committee invites other members of the community to get involved with the Willow Park community project.  If you would like to donate to help provide monetary funds, donations are being accepted at NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources and First Interstate Banks “Build Our Park”.  Contributions are tax deductible.   The community build date is scheduled to place on September 13th. 2014.    If you are interested in volunteering please contact Stephany at 605-923-6007.

About NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources: NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is a private nonprofit organization that has been assisting in providing decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods for twenty years.  NeighborWorks® has helped more than 1,000 families realize their dream of homeownership. NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources provides decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods throughout the Western South Dakota communities.

Keeping My Home: Managing Costly Home Repairs

Margaret Koch did not know what she was going to do when her home repair cost began to wear down on her finances.  She had only lived in her home for two years and the cost of major plumbing and home maintenance repairs were becoming too costly and overwhelming for her monthly fixed income.

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“It is really frustrating when you feel like you done everything right, and there are still obstacles that seem impossible to overcome.”

“It is really frustrating when you feel like you have done  everything right, and there are still obstacles that seem impossible to overcome.”

As a first time homebuyer Margaret thought she had did everything to ensure that she was purchasing a home that would fit her needs and budget.  Margaret stated that she had two home inspections completed and both stated that the home was not in need of any major repairs.

It was shortly after Margaret moved in that her plumbing started backing up and causing issues.  “I had plumber after plumber come in and try to fix the issue.”   She had hired a company to go inside the plumbing and replace a pipe that had collapsed.   Once the company notified her that the work was complete she was still facing regular plumbing and back up issues. “Even after I fixed the problem, I was spending nearly $200 a month on plumbing repairs.”  Margaret explained.

“It was not until I found NeighborWorks that there was light at the end of the tunnel…I called NeighborWorks and Robert was here the next week.  They helped me find contractors to fix my plumbing issues, and also discovered that the original work was not completed.” Margaret explained

Collapsed pipe that was causing plumbing issues in Mrs. Koch's home.

Collapsed pipe that was causing plumbing issues in Mrs. Koch’s home

NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources worked with Margaret to find a contractor that could complete the necessary home repairs at a cost that she could afford.

“I would not have been able to complete these repairs without NeighborWorks.  I will have a small loan payment, but it is a payment I can afford.”  Margaret explained. “If I would not have found NeighborWorks, I would have had to sell my home.”

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is able to provide low interest rate loans and forgivable loans for home rehabilitation and repair projects throughout Western South Dakota, thanks to the support from NeighborWorks® America, South Dakota Housing Development Authority, US Bank and Wells Fargo Bank.

"If I would not have found NeighborWorks, I would have had to sell my home.” Margaret Koch

“If I would not have found NeighborWorks, I would have had to sell my home.” – Margaret Koch

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources completes around thirty home rehab projects annually. Assistance ranges from replacement of furnaces and hot water heaters, to updating electrical and plumbing homes.  In 2013, NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources invested over $100,000 into preserving and rehabbing affordable homes throughout Western South Dakota.

Margaret explained that she could not have been happier with the contractors that completed the repairs.   “They did quality work, and Neighbor Works was there for me whenever I had any questions.”

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is a private non-profit organization that works to assist families with their dream of homeownership and revitalize the communities to improve the quality of life. NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources can assist you in fixing your home.  Call NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources at 605-578-1401 for more information.

 

1,000 families..and Counting!

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May 30th, 2014- Sturgis, SD- 1,000 families! NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources Campaign for Homeownership celebrated a major milestone and welcomed the Anderson family into their new home.Kelly Anderson and her two children are now the proud owners of a 3 bedroom South Dakota Housing Governors House in Sturgis.

The Andersons are the 1,000th homebuyers to purchase a home through NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources.  NeighborWorks® assisted with the purchase and construction of the Governors House and the lot.

The family had been crammed into a 2-bedroom apartment that was very hard for her son to get around in his wheel chair.  “The apartment was very small; we are so excited to have more space.”  Anderson explained.

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Kelly decided to purchase the Governors House because of the affordability factor.  “We looked for existing homes in Sturgis, and could not find anything that would fit our needs.” Anderson explained.

The Governor’s House has two bedrooms, one bath, and 1,008 square feet, with options to build with a basement, or just one level home.

The Anderson home has a completely finished basement that her son will be utilizing as his living quarters.

Thanks to NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources, South Dakota Housing Development Authority, and USDA Rural Development, Kelly’s mortgage payment will be comparable to the rent that she was paying for the much smaller apartment.

Kelly Anderson utilized USDA Rural Development 502 Direct Program.  502 Direct loans are primarily used to help low-income individuals or households purchase homes in rural areas.  The program extends the terms of the loan creating more affordable payments for the homeowner.

“USDA is pleased to be a part of this recognition ceremony,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks.  “Owning your first home is a big step and huge accomplishment.  We want to celebrate this milestone to highlight the efforts that make homeownership possible and to thank NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources for their hard work.”

Since 1992, NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources has been assisting families with homeownership opportunities.  Thanks to their many partners including South Dakota Housing Development Authority and USDA Rural Development, NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources has been able to support their mission and help 1,000 families achieve the benefits of homeownership.

“NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources could not do the work we do without our partners and supporters.   This landmark event is a celebration for everyone.  Safe, decent and affordable housing is essential for the economic growth and health of our community.” stated NeighborWorks Executive Director Joy McCracken

On May 30th, 2014, NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources, South Dakota Housing Development Authority, USDA Rural Development, The Sturgis Chamber, and Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen welcomed the Anderson Family into their new home.

Attendees had the opportunity to view the beautiful home and see first hand the positive impact homeownership has on our community.

NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources would like to thank all of the attendees that celebrated this milestone event, and also thank everyone that donated a lilac bush to help landscape the Anderson’s Yard.    Although the rain put a damper on our volunteer efforts to help with landscaping, Kelly will have four beautiful lilac bushes to plant in her yard.

About NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources: NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is a private nonprofit organization that has been assisting in providing decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods for twenty years.  NeighborWorks® has helped more than 1,000 families realize their dream of homeownership. NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources provides decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods throughout the Western South Dakota communities.

If you would like more information about NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources of homeownership opportunities please contact Stephany at 605-923-6007 or visit us on the web at www.nwdhr.org

Mark Lauseng, SDHDA Executive Director, Tim Potts. Area Director at USDA Rural Development, Mayor Mark Carstensen, USDA Rural Development Housing Specialist Ruth O'Neil, NWDHR Board Member Floyd Rummel; Sturgis Chamber Events & Membership Coordinator Kathy Christenson; Sturgis Chamber Membership Services Manager Rainee Lisko; Homeowner Kelly Anderson, NWDHR  Executive Director Joy McCracken, NWDHR Board Member Larry Griffith, NWDHR Community Outreach Coordinator Tracy Thacker, Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks

Mark Lauseng, SDHDA Executive Director, Tim Potts. Area Director at USDA Rural Development, Mayor Mark Carstensen, USDA Rural Development Housing Specialist Ruth O’Neil, NWDHR Board Member Floyd Rummel; Sturgis Chamber Events & Membership Coordinator Kathy Christenson; Sturgis Chamber Membership Services Manager Rainee Lisko; Homeowner Kelly Anderson, NWDHR Executive Director Joy McCracken, NWDHR Board Member Larry Griffith, NWDHR Community Outreach Coordinator Tracy Thacker, Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks

 

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources Announces Events Planned for NeighborWorks® Week 2014

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June 1st -21st, 2014- NeighborWorks® Week is sponsored by NeighborWorks® America and its network of local organizations who mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers, business people, neighbors, friends, and local and national elected and civic leaders in a week of neighborhood change and awareness. They rehab and repair homes, paint and landscape properties, conduct neighborhood tours, recognize successful partnerships, and host events that educate, train and inform.

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources has organized  two weeks full of community events for NeighborWorks® Week 2014.

This year NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources will celebrate their 19th Annual Paint the Town.  NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources and volunteers will be painting 8 homes homes in the 8 communities. .  Homes are located in Deadwood, Central City, Lead, Spearfish, Sturgis, Rapid City, Edgemont and Belle Fourche

DSC_0054NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources has organized volunteers from local organizations throughout Western South Dakota to provide a fresh coat of paint for homes that were in need.  Painting will take place throughout the week of June 1st and run through June 21st .  Paint the Town is sponsored by South Dakota Housing Development Authority “Paint South Dakota”, NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources, and NeighborWorks® America

June 3rd,  NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources will celebrate their 12th Annual Trolley on The Trail Event. The combined effort consists of the use of the trail from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, use of a Trolley from the City of Deadwood and reservations taken by NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources.  The Trolley on the Trail is a combined endeavor to give disabled or handicapped people access to the Mickelson Trail. Thanks to sponsorships with local businesses, this ride is provided free of charge.

Saturday June 14th, NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources and the Central City Neighborhood Council will host the 7th annual “Community Plant Exchange” at the Pizza Lab in Central City. Attendees will have the opportunity to exchange extra plant items with their neighbors.   New and experienced gardeners are welcomed and encouraged to join in on this great community event.  Attendees are not required to bring exchange items to participate. The Plant Exchange will also be hosting a Food Drive for the Lord’s Cupboard in Lead.

On Saturday, June 14th, the annual Treasures, Trash & Cash tri-city rummage sale will be held in the morning.  Locations will be published in the Black Hills Pioneer the week prior to the event.

This years NeighborWorks week will also be celebrating the ethnic neighborhoods in Lead.

New neighborhood street flags will be installed by the block clubs in Lead. Volunteers will be hanging the flags on June 7th.  After the flags are hung, there will be a picnic in the respective neighborhoods.

Each NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources event engages residents to be participating in community events and provides residents the chance to volunteer and beautify our community.

About NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources: NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is a private nonprofit organization that has been assisting in providing decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods for twenty years.  NeighborWorks® has helped more than 1,000 families realize their dream of homeownership. NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources provides decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods throughout the Western South Dakota communities.  For more information on NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources or NeighborWorks® Week, contact Stephany at 605-578-1401 or visit us on the web at www.NeighborWorks®dhr.org

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19th Annual “Paint the Town” Volunteer Event

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NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources is looking for teams and for individual volunteers to participate in their 19th Annual “Paint the Town” event.  Volunteering and Teams are needed throughout Rapid City, Sturgis, Spearfish, Belle Fourche, Central City, Lead, Deadwood and Edgemont to paint one home in each community.

The 19th Annual “Paint the Town” Volunteer Events, sponsored by NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources, take place on the following dates.

June 7th:  Lead/ Deadwood/ Central City/ Belle Fourche
June 14th:  Spearfish/ Sturgis
June 21st:  Rapid City
June 14th:  Edgemont

 For those not familiar with the event, “Paint the Town” consists of the painting and sprucing up the homes of seniors, disabled and low income residents by teams of volunteers using donated materials.  The homes are prepped during the week.  The actual painting will take place on Saturday, June 21st, 2014. After the home is painted, volunteers will enjoy a community picnic.

 Since 1994, “Paint the Town” has grown and made a lasting impact upon the communities of Central City, Deadwood, Lead, Sturgis, Spearfish, Edgemont, Belle Fourche, and Rapid City.

During the 19 years “Paint the Town” has been conducted over 100 homes have been touched by this great event.  We hope to see an even larger turnout this year; and urge your participation.  This year it is planned to once again paint 8 homes within our Black Hills communities.

If you are interested in participating as a team this year, please fill out the enclosed application.  Tee shirts will be $10.00 each for sizes S-XL; XXL shirts will be $15.00.  The shirt will have the “Paint the Town” logo on the front, and all sponsors listed on the back.

Deadline for sponsorship is May 19th, 2014

For more information please contact Tracy at 605-578-1401 or Stephany at  605-923-6007

NeighborWorks Accept Donations of Deadwood Homes

Deadwood, SD – (03-19-2014)NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is pleased to announce that they have accepted the donation of the Fountain House and the Shea House from Optima LLC.

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Optima LLC received approval from Deadwood’s Historic Preservation to relocate the two vacant Historic Ho

 

mes, and donate the properties to NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources.

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources Board of Directors voted unanimously on Tuesday 03/18/2014 to accept the donation after determining that it fits within their mission of providing decent, safe and affordable housing.

 

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is a local non-profit that has assisted over 990 families with homeownership throughout Western South Dakota, including over 300 families in the Lead/ Deadwood communities.

The Historic Fountain House currently located at 370 Main St., will be relocated to the Historic Presidential Neighborhood and the Shea House currently located at 366 Main St., will be relocated to the Peck Gardens neighborhood. The Historic Fountain House has not had permanent residents for many years. The Shea house was occupied by the original owner Lillian Shea until she passed away this last December.

Lilian Shea’s niece Patricia Carstensen, is very supportive of NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources accepting the donation of her aunt and uncles home.  She stated that she is thankful that NeighborWorks® has agreed to take on this project, and is excited that another family can enjoy this home, in a safe residential neighborhood.

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is dedicated to this project and has organized a team that will move these homes safely and in a timely manner in order to preserve the quality of these homes and ensure that they continue to be a part of Deadwoods past, present and future.

About NeighborWorks:  NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is a private nonprofit organization that has been assisting in providing decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods for twenty years. NeighborWorks® has helped more than 990 families realize their dream of homeownership. NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources provides decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods throughout the Western South Dakota communities. For more information on NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources contact Stephany 605-923-6007 or visit us on the web at www.NeighborWorks®dhr.org