Category: Eden Park-Esperanza Place

Handmade Immokalee

Fashion designer Gwendolyn Gleason is teaching Immokalee residents to sew. Each Tuesday afternoon, a group of women, some of whom have never sewed before, attend her class to develop their sewing skills. Many women use the skills to make or repair clothes for their families, while others already sew for friends and are seeking ways… Read more »

Fordham University Students Benefit Immokalee

Fordham University students partnered with Rural Neighborhoods to help an Immokalee resident with some much-needed yard work. The nine students spent four hours trimming bushes and spreading dirt to level her yard and make it safer for walking. They also helped remove old fence posts and install supports for a new fence to help keep… Read more »

BankUnited Donates to Rural Neighborhoods

In early October, BankUnited presented Rural Neighborhoods with a check to support its work in Immokalee. Specifically, the donation will help preserve and create affordable housing units in this rural community. Currently, Rural Neighborhoods has 18 new units under construction in Immokalee and is in the process of acquiring 75 existing units that will undergo… Read more »

Residents See Results

For the past few months, staff of Rural Neighborhoods has been meeting with local residents to get their input on needed improvements in the Eden Park-Esperanza Place (EP2) area. To date, over 40 residents have participated and one group is already seeing results. At their September meeting, residents at Eden Gardens expressed a desire to… Read more »

Immokalee Neighborhood Revitalization Plan Underway

Eden Park-Esperanza Place Participants

Rural Neighborhoods was awarded $250,000 by NeighborWorks America to help create a resident-driven neighborhood revitalization plan in the Eden Park-Esperanza Place neighborhood in Immokalee, Florida. Reversing Immokalee neighborhood decline has been a goal for decades. But despite improvements like the new Zocolo at First Street and the lighting and pedestrian changes on Main Street, revitalization… Read more »

Residents of Eden Park-Esperanza Place Celebrate “Music, Murals and Arts”

Over 50 parents and children joined Rural Neighborhoods as it kicked off its Eden Park-Esperanza Place neighborhood revitalization initiative in Immokalee with a festival on Saturday, June 13, 2015. The festival, titled “Music, Murals and Arts”, included the installation of a cultural mural painted by Miami-based artist Carlos Salgado at the Carl J. Kuehner Community… Read more »