LEADERSHIP MONTGOMERY - Legacy Class - "connecting"
LEGACY CLASS XXXII PROJECT TEAM SIX
TRANSFORMATION MONTGOMERY: THE PATH OUT OF POVERTY
CHAIRPERSON’S NAME: Duane Johnson
TEAM MEMBERS: Christy Anderson, Damon Blythe, Adam Causey, Russ Collier, Duane Johnson, Stacy Reed, Walter Strong
THEMATIC AREA: Quality of Life: Poverty
DATES OF IMPLEMENTATION: October 2015-April 2016
DURATION OF THE PROJECT: 7 Months
LOCATION: Transformation Montgomery, 2625 Lower Wetumpka Rd. Montgomery, AL 36110
FINAL PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Our project’s goal was to assist Transformation Montgomery in its effort to establish a Transformation Center at the entrance to the Garden Square community located on Lower Wetumpka Road. The Transformation Center is the cornerstone of a program designed to lift the residents of Garden Square out of poverty through rehabilitating abandoned properties and providing enrichment programs for the children and adults of the neighborhood.
In order to assist Transformation Montgomery in this endeavor, our project focused on renovating and refurbishing an arts and music classroom at the Transformation Center. To accomplish this goal, the following actions were taken:
1. Demolition of the existing room structure,
2. Securing a monetary donation for renovation expenses and furnishings for the room,
3. Painting the classrooms,
4. Construction, painting, and installation of four bookshelves,
5. Presentation of a check to Transformation Montgomery.
MEDIA OUTLETS CONTACTED: N/A
WHO WAS SERVED AND HOW MANY PEOPLE BENEFITIED?
The project benefits children and parents affiliated with Transformation Montgomery. This group includes the residents of Garden Square, Chisholm, Highland Gardens, and the children attending Chisholm Elementary School.
OTHER AGENCIES AND GROUPS WHO WERE INVOLVED:
Our group worked very closely with Transformation Montgomery in the renovation of the room. Numerous volunteers and subcontractors assisted with various phases of the project such as hanging sheet rock, installation of ceiling tile and a cabinet. Assistance was also provided by the following individuals who donated their time:
§ Derek Johnston, Retired, City of Montgomery Real Property Manager, donated his time to assist with demolition of the existing room. His expertise in renovation and construction was invaluable.
§ Clare Watson, City of Montgomery Community Economic Development Coordinator, facilitated initial contact with Debbie Peavy of Transformation Montgomery and donated her time to assist with demolition of the existing room.
§ Richard Anderson, Attorney, donated his time to assist with the demolition of the existing room and construction of four bookshelves that were installed.
§ Jackson Thornton & Co, PC donated $500, which was used for renovation of the room.
VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF THE PROJECT:
The renovation of the Transformation Center, including the arts/music classroom, is just the beginning for Transformation Montgomery. They will continue to acquire and rehabilitate properties in the Garden Square community and then place families who have successfully completed the “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World,” a 16-week course and the “Money Matters” course, in the rehabilitated homes. Future plans include a community garden and an aquaponics lab. The arts and music classroom still needs tables and chairs, supplies, and equipment.
WILL THIS BE AN ONGOING PROJECT OR WILL IT BE A ONE-TIME PROJECT?
Furnishing of the room with supplies and seating needs to be completed. The development of the art room is a one-time project, but planning and development of enrichment activities will be ongoing.
IF IT WILL BE ON-GOING, WHO WILL CARRY THE PROJECT FORWARD?
The staff and volunteers of Transformation Montgomery will continue the project. They receive significant support from Frazer United Methodist Church.
DESCRIBE EXACTLY HOW YOUR PROJECT WAS IMPLEMENTED:
We conducted several meetings with Peggy Spaeth, Debbie Peavy, and Rusty Taylor to identify Transformation Montgomery’s greatest need and to identify which project would be most effective. We decided to “adopt” a room in the new Transformation Center and assist Debbie Peavy with her plan of setting up an arts and music room.
Phase I was the demolition of the existing room structure, which included ripping out paneling from the walls, demolishing an interior wall, and removing ceiling tiles and insulation.
Phase II included hanging and painting sheet rock in the room. All members of our group participated in Phases I and II of the project.
For Phase III, Adam Causey secured a $500 donation from Jackson Thornton to be used for renovating and refurbishing the room.
Phase IV consisted of purchasing materials for the construction of book cases to be installed in the room. Christy Anderson and Duane Johnson purchased the supplies. Next, Christy and Richard Anderson built the bookcases. Additionally, Christy Anderson, Duane Johnson, Russ Collier, Stacy Reed, and Damon Blythe painted the bookcases and installed them in the room.
Duane Johnson and Stacy Reed coordinated the presentation of a check in the amount of $258.51 to Transformation Montgomery for their use in purchasing tables and chairs for the room. The check was presented on April 14, 2016.
HOW MANY VOLUNTEER HOURS WERE DEVOTED TO THIS PROJECT?
This project utilized 140 volunteer hours.