What We Do

Think for a moment about the image of rural America: close-knit communities where people are hard working and independent, small towns replete with family and friends, places where hard times are met by resilience and strength. Then think about neighborhoods across our nation where life is a constant struggle to get by, jobs are scarce, schools are marginal and it seems like there’s nowhere to turn. That’s where we work.
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Our Neighborhoods

We are building a place to call home – and it’s working! Through our work, poor communities become sustainable neighborhoods – good places to live.

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August 6, 2018

Summer Arts Camp at Pepper Ranch

Rural Neighborhoods partnered with EnFamilia from Homestead to offer its first Summer Arts Camp in Immokalee.  Collier County Parks and Recreation and Conservation Collier co-sponsored the camp which was held at beautiful Pepper Ranch in Immokalee.  The camp served 15 students with the participants learning about visual arts and Mexican folklore/dance.  Both organizations have partnered… Read more »

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August 6, 2018

2018 Rural LISC Cohesive Economic Development Initiative Awards

Last month, Rural LISC announced that Rural Neighborhoods was one of 18 community-based organizations serving rural communities in 16 states to receive funding under its arts and culture initiative. Generated from the Rural LISC Cohesive Economic Development Initiative, the grants support outstanding projects and programs that strive to improve residents’ engagement and pride in their… Read more »

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July 18, 2018

LISC and Rural Neighborhoods Honor Florida Congressman for Leadership on Rural Housing

Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla) has been named a Rural LISC Policy Champion by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) for his efforts to support vital housing programs that help families in South Florida thrive.  The eight-term congressman chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), where he has supported critical programs… Read more »

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June 11, 2018

Chair Bob Jensen Honored at Recent Event

Twisted aluminum siding, broken two-by-fours, and soaked insulation is all that remained of the four hundred trailers local fruit and vegetable pickers called home for two decades.  That morning after Hurricane Andrew, Everglades Labor Camp was strewn in pieces across a farm field.  Months later, Bob Jensen stepped in as the Chairperson of Everglades Community… Read more »

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May 14, 2018

Mennonites Key Partner in Immokalee’s Recovery

The Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS), in partnership with Rural Neighborhoods and the Immokalee Unmet Needs Coalition, recently completed critical repairs to a home that suffered roof and interior damage from Hurricane Irma.  The house was inhabitable due to holes in the roof and ceiling where water came through, damaging furniture underneath.  Thanks to MDS, however,… Read more »

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It’s simple — 100% of your gift goes to the needs of working families. That’s our promise!

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