Urban Renewal’s Central Abaco Office spearheaded a yard clean-up campaign for an elderly resident living in Dundas Town on Feb. 17. Sandy Boodle explained that they had to gain consent from him before doing the clean-up, and that after they were completed, he was greatly appreciative.
“We were more than happy to assist because this is what Urban Renewal does,” Boodle explained. “We have a very good working team, so there are more things to come in the community.”
Boodle was joined by Ernestine Albury; Anita Reckley; and Weldon Davis, who are Urban Renewal facilitators. She said that they have also joined forces with Sgt. 2483 Jocelyn Smith and Police Constable 3203 Kenton Clarke of the Marsh Harbour Police’s Road Traffic Division.
Boodle said it is important for the police to be a part of their efforts because they are diligent in what they do and they are familiar faces in the community.
In addition to clean-up campaigns, the facilitators are required to carry out assessments in the community.
According to the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s Web site, the Urban Renewal 2.0 Program “is a direct response to past and current problems facing a number of inner city communities in the Bahamas such as crime, poor housing conditions, joblessness, illiteracy, homelessness, and other social ills that contribute to crime and anti-social behavior.”
Moving forward, they plan to organize soup kitchens to feed the hungry.
“Urban does not stop; there is a wide spectrum of things that we do,” she emphasized. “We are foot soldiers and are out here getting things done.
“What people turn a blind eye to, we see.”
While many of their projects have focused on the elderly, Boodle said that Urban Renewal also looks to work with the youth. She said it is important to keep the youth focused and work with them to build communities.
“We are moving forward at a good pace, and there will be bigger and better things to come,” Boodle assured.
Earlier in the month, the Urban Renewal Team organized a walk-a-bout that took place in Hope Town. Sandy Boodle and Ernestine Albury were joined by Inspector Gregory Barr, Sgt. Hubert Smith and Corporal Hugo Nesbitt, who is stationed in Hope Town.
A general meeting was held for the Urban Renewal team on Feb. 26 at the Dundas Town Burial society to discuss upcoming projects.
The Urban Renewal Central Abaco Office is situated in the Ann Wilmore Office Building in Dundas Town. Office hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The telephone contact: 699-2247.