I first learned about Re:Vision in June of this year after meeting Eric Kornacki. I was in awe of what the organization was doing - mostly because they weren't coming in from the outside to "fix" a problem, they were providing the support and the tools for the residents of Westwood to find their own solutions. To me, this shows an incredible amount of respect for a community; wanting to see it thrive and be resilient, but not going in and taking over. Westwood is incredibly beautiful, and vibrant, and is one of the last original neighborhoods left in Denver. It is 81% Latino, and I feel, we should fight to keep it that way.
In August of 2017, I was lucky enough to be offered the Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships position with the organization, and have spent the last three months immersed - trying to learn about the organization, the community, and I think even this short time, my Spanish has improved. It has been one of the most challenging transitions in my life, and as that often times means, the most rewarding of my life as well.
The fact that residents of Westwood, though they live in a food desert, will be able to supplement their diets with organic produce either grown in their own yard, or purchase at the Westwood Food Co-Op is one of the most radical acts of resistance I can think of. So, a grocery store doesn't want to come into a low-income community because there is no money to be made? No problem, its residents will RISE and find their own solutions that not only make their community healthier, but keep that money directly in the community (rather than supporting some corporation). I am proud to work for this organization, and proud to have gotten to know the residents of Westwood in this short time I have been with them. I cannot wait to see what the future holds.
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