BENEFITING: Otr Foundation
Occupy the Roads Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to empower the local community through education, music, art, gardening and media. The Pueblo House is a community of people driven to be the change that inspires a neighborhood in decline to renew itself and help its people. Activism, arts, music, gardening, media, mentoring, education, and more play a role in revitalizing the area. We hope that what we are accomplishing here will be replicated in blighted neighborhoods across the county. The City of Pueblo, especially the east side, is in dire need of revitalization and beautification. Pueblo House is part of redevelopment in which a network of community minded people are transforming abandoned homes in the community to help spread compassion and empowerment to the people. With many homes shuttered and for sale, East Pueblo is ripe for likeminded people to invest in a property to help form a sustainable community from the ground up. The Pueblo House project is the brain child of Janet Wilson who happened on this neighborhood by a series of strange coincidences... but, once she saw children playing in this dilapidated area rife with drug dealers and prostitutes, she understood her mission, began recruiting volunteers and she hasn't stopped since. Pueblo House was the first abandoned house donated to OTR Foundation in 2012. With a lot of volunteer labor, love and vision, the first house has been fully restored! Now, kids come to Pueblo House and play musical instruments or work on computers. During the summer they grow vegetables and learn how to make salsa with them. The kids even have their own food label 'Pure 4 Us' and learn to read labels for a more healthy eating. Pueblo House also produced a book called “Where’s My Passion?” based on the true story of a boy who came to a 'Find Your Passion' workshop and discovered his passion after watching his friends doing things like sewing, gardening, painting, playing music or working on cars and deciding none of it was for him. Turns out, he liked to write. Our second house, The Music House, on the same block, was donated in May 2013, and was in even worse shape than Pueblo House. A great deal of work has been done by individuals, and Lowe's took us under their HERO program last fall and put in our outdoor stage and lawn sprinklers, but we are in need of funds to complete the Music House, after which we will move down the street and start work on the Media House. Here's a look at what we've done so far: Held over a dozen outdoor music jams (children are always included and incorporated) Open Mic nights are held Friday night as “Fabulous Friday” jams continued inside Pueblo House wrote a book called “Where’s My Passion” Painted fence posts, sheds and murals Painted sidewalks @ PH Painted 6 garbage cans for 4th St. (we pick up the garbage to dispose of it ourselves) Participation & Collaboration: Risley Middle School collaboration with Matt Kuba for a music program in fall 2016 Hosted Bradford Elementary that brought 45 kids for outdoor activity in 2015 Collaborated with Colorado Work Force – from 2013 to present. CSU & 4H & Steel City Makers & Rawlings for Maker Mondays to begin fall of 2016 Daily Grind Coffee Shop (delivered them a piano) align with musicians Bella Chacon (16 yrs) is going to give voice lessons at Pueblo House starting this fall El Centro Quinto Sol (new skate park is very close) we attend meetings to co-program Pastor Montoya –Collaborate to host teen dance and social youth nights in Sept. Matt Taylor (artist) is muraling the alley side of all our fences and the shed behind the music house. We had a team from Pueblo House work on our own house with Operation Paintbrush (Neighborworks) Help & donations Urban Renewal(Water main fixed, sidewalks repaired, tree removal + 4 new planted) ~$12,000 Lowe’s Hero program $2500+ C & C Disposal $700 Waste Connections $700 Guitar Center $500 Target $150 Safeway $75 Sam’s Club $100 CO Recycling Service (all our paints and potty) Education: Gardens & learning about food Pueblo House kids has its own product label – Pure4US PH youth have a FB page https://www.facebook.com/youthofpueblohouse Cage Martinez–sang about his deceased grandma https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mtLhB5msY4 Our Website gets 500-800 visits per month https://www.facebook.com/PuebloHouse Cooking & sewing classes are being given by volunteers and Janet Needle exchange documentary was done by a 12 yr old https://youtu.be/csdsL6vHNA4 Made business cards for a 13 yr old who sets up sound & DJ’s (Kids of East – See example provided) Annual events in which we participated: Safety Jam 2016 NeighborWorks - Community Resource day 2015 + 16 Youth Council of Pueblo (My Youth Link) since 2014 Cinco de Mayo (in the parade for 4 yrs) since 2012 E.A.S.T. clean ups (since inception in 2015) Parade of Lights (2014) Lantern Lighting on the RiverWalk 2014, 2015 + 2016 Flotilla 2015 Nominations & Awards 1) Certificate of Appreciation from the Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment (Pueblo Workforce Center) for providing youth summer employment opportunities during the 2014 Governor’s Summer Job Hunt. 2014 2) League of Women Voters- Nominated for Making Democracy Work Award 2015 3) YWCA- Nominated for the Annual Tribute to Woman Award 2015 4) NeighborWorks of Pueblo – Nominated for Dorothy Richardson Award 2016 This fundraiser is specifically to help us complete work on The Music House. While we are already growing vegetables in the raised garden beds in the yard, and having musical events on the outdoor stage, we are hoping to raise $17,500 to get the Music House up and running year round, inside and out. We will host maker space activities, have music and recording opportunities for children and much more. Here's how the funds will be spent: Kitchen Cabinets: $2,000 Flooring: $2,000 Electrical Labor: $6,000 Windows: $5,000 Patio area: $1,000 Doors: $500 BBQ Pit Outdoors: $1,000 Total needed: $17,500 We hope you will help us in our goal to change the world, one neighborhood at a time!