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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March 16, 2017

Eden Park-Esperanza Place Revitalization Plan

With funding from NeighborWorks America, Rural Neighborhoods began working with residents and stakeholders in early 2015 to comprehensively assess the strengths and challenges of the Eden Park-Esperanza Place (EP2) neighborhoods in Immokalee.  This diverse area is home to approximately 7,400 residents, the majority of whom are Latino (81%).   The result of this 18-month effort was… Read more »

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March 6, 2017

Wartburg College Students Visit Immokalee

Recently, students from Wartburg College visited Immokalee for an alternative Spring Break during which they worked with local non-profit organizations.  While in Immokalee, the Wartburg students worked two days at Rural Neighborhoods’ newest property, Sanders Pines.  Acquired in late October, the property is now being rehabbed with renovations underway at 16 of the 74 units. … Read more »

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March 3, 2017

Healthy Eating, Being Active Class Begins

The University of Florida’s Family Nutrition Program launched a new class for residents in the Eden Park area.  Over the next eight weeks, residents will learn about nutrition and small changes they can make in their families’ meals to incorporate more fruits and vegetables and less processed food.  They will also learn simple techniques to… Read more »

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February 15, 2017

Fun Day at Eden Gardens

Children enjoyed an afternoon of fun at Eden Gardens’ recent Fun Day for Kids.  Approximately 20 children attended and played on the playground and with their friends while enjoying snacks.  The event is held several times a year and offers children and their parents an opportunity to spend time together. 

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February 7, 2017

Protecting Everyone

Rural Neighborhoods and two south Florida non-profit organizations urged Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez to reconsider his executive action to comply with ICE non-binding, two-day “detainer” requests after President Donald Trump threatened to deny unspecified Federal grants to cities and counties that don’t fully cooperate with immigration authorities.  The heads of the Coalition of Florida Farmworker Organizations and Centro Campesino joined Steven Kirk… Read more »

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100% For Change

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

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