NORWICH — Greeneville residents concerned about what the city and community entities are doing for their neighborhood, in particular, may be interested in this weekend’s event at the El Shaddai Worship Center.
The Greenville Neighborhood Committee will hold a meeting with panelists at the center at 156 North Main St. on Saturday, November 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The goal is to educate the community about available services and resources, said committee chair Tamir Capehart. , but will also seek feedback from residents on what works and what doesn’t.
“What do the children in the community need? ” did she say. “What do parents need? »
The committee wants to see how services can be combined to expand what is available, instead of creating layoffs, said committee vice-chair Cynthia Jean-Mary.
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of members of various local organizations. The discussion is open to anyone who wants to share their thoughts on the city’s services and resources, Capehart said. There is a limit of 100 places, said Jean-Mary.
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By distributing the posters, the Committee learned how it can be more inclusive in its own messages. While the posters say “An Open Invitation to Families and Youth,” someone pointed out to Jean-Mary that the homeless population should be included in the conversation. She then went to the homeless camps in Greeneville to tell them.
“It’s not their purpose in life to stay homeless, so what’s stopping them from getting what they need,” she said.
A representative from Norwich Youth, Recreation and Family Services has been invited to speak about the city’s programs and answer any questions the public may have, said Erin Haggan, manager of Norwich Youth, Recreation and Family Services.
Other groups invited to attend or speak include Foundry 66, Bullybusters, Night Flight Basketball and Hartford Healthcare, the latter of which has launched a diaper bank at the church that will also provide sanitary supplies for mothers. Former Global City Norwich liaison Suki Lagrito will also be a panelist, Jean-Mary said.
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After the main event, all incumbent local politicians and political candidates standing in the elections that Norwich voters will be voting on are invited to speak for one minute.
“Is this person going to meet the needs of the community or will he speak for himself? said Jean-Marie.
For people witnessing something like this for the first time, Capehart said “everything positive you can bring to this community is worth it.”
“The pink city deserves to prosper as it once did, as they say,” she said.