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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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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December 6, 2017

Generous Donations Aid Hurricane Irma Victims

Natural disasters bring out the best in our communities. Bank partners boosted relief efforts with timely goods and capital after Hurricane Irma. CenterState Bank provided 8,000 bags of ice to residents in Eden Park-Esperanza Place in Immokalee and Everglades Village in Florida City as low-income residents awaited power restoration. Fifth Third, Bank United and TIAA/Everbank… Read more »

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November 30, 2017

Finding New Homes Post-Disaster

Hurricane Irma made nearly 100 structures in rural Immokalee uninhabitable in a matter of hours — mobile homes lost walls and roofs, traditional homes suffered flood damage from rising storm water. Hardest hit streets were marked by piles of clothes, drywall, flooring and furniture. Finding a new permanent residence takes longer than most imagine. Those… Read more »

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August 31, 2017

Staff Member Gains Citizenship

The Rural Neighborhoods/Everglades Housing Group family would like to celebrate one of our own for achieving citizenship in the United States of America. Alexis Santana and his wife Rosa were sworn in as citizens on Thursday, August 31, 2017. Alexis and his wife came to the United States from Cuba approximately 13 years ago. In… 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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