Rebuilding the community
retaining the culture
We are working to help people dream again and imagine the possibilities of what their lives can be. We want to raise the standard of life, equip the community to thrive, and be a beacon of hope that stamps out poverty through economic growth, education and wellness.
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WHO WE ARE
The People Organized to Revitalize Community Healing, or P.O.R.C.H. Initiative, was organized in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in early 2018 with a single goal — to devise a plan to recreate the vibrant community that once flourished on the south side of our city. A committee of residents is quarterbacking this effort by identifying a vision that reflects the hopes and needs of residents using a framework designed by Purpose Built Communities. You can learn more about the Purpose Built model at purposebuiltcommunities.org.
We want to return to the days when residents enjoyed, maintained and controlled their neighborhoods from the front porches of their homes. It was a time when the local community was built upon access to educators, healthcare providers and business owners who were invested in the neighborhoods they served.
We believe these goals are attainable, and we will strive to build productive partnerships with our local government and existing community organizations to return the south side to the P.O.R.C.H. mindset. Together, we can recreate an economic and socially vibrant place for south side residents and the Cape Girardeau community at large.
Achieving Potential From Day One
We are dedicated to partnering with Cape Girardeau public schools and city officials, as well as trade and university programs, to activate a plan that emphasizes growth, learning, and achievement. We believe we can facilitate progress in this area by supporting the following efforts:
- Open an early learning center for preschool-aged children that holistically prepares children for school
- Develop STREAM school policy so that resident students have choice of attendance, with additional capacity populated through a lottery system
- Establish a career readiness program for junior-and high-school students as well as adults that provides access to trade school, university, military and other post-high school opportunities
- Support development of a community pool, so long as it is large enough from the outset to operate for the entire community without planned exclusions for special events
Mixed income housing
One porch at a time
With our organizations mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with this challenge. We hope to work with city officials, financial institutions, property owners, contractors and other nonprofit organizations to prioritize home ownership for existing residents. We want to transform and revitalize the neighborhood. We hope to achieve the following:
- Encourage development of affordable, single, multifamily and senior housing that is consistent with the porch culture of south Cape
- Reduce the number of abandoned buildings by strategically purchasing properties and operating a development programs that provides experiential learning opportunities for trade and craft students
- Create a resident community pathway that educates, prepares and assists qualifying residents with home ownership and renovating existing homes.
Safe. healthy. wise
With this initiative, our goal is to promote great opportunities for those in need. Our goal is to partner with city officials, health organizations, social agencies and business leaders to provide vital public and commercial assets that promote healthy lifestyle, create jobs and reduce crime:
- Continue to improve lighting, alley maintenance, park development and programming
- Utilize the opportunity zones program to incentivize business development
- Create a collaborative workspace to assist small business with their development
- Establish both a wellness clinic and a pharmacy within the neighborhood for access to affordable medical treatment
- Develop culturally significant events/opportunities that honor the diverse history of the neighborhood, including Smelterville, May Greene/Cobb Schools and significant historic events that matter to residents.
We will return the south side of Cape Girardeau to a united, hopeful community of motivated residents who prosper, support each other and live their dreams.