Nobility can be found in building a new home, but Neighborhood Revitalization is transformational work. It supports Habitat for Humanity of Craven County’s efforts to transform entire communities one home, one block, and one neighborhood at a time. Residents are the central driving force - the engine creating sustainable change. As a partner, Habitat for Humanity of Craven County uses its network to build relationships that carry out a shared vision.
Who do you think is KEY to revitalizing neighborhoods? We believe YOU are the key to revitalizing your neighborhood. As a result, Habitat for Humanity of Craven County is committed to investing in resident leadership that supports and develops strong, empowered, inspired residents who take a central leadership role and have a prominent voice in directing, leading, and acting. This sustaining practice greatly influences viability of long-term change and maximizes the impact of revitalization efforts in neighborhoods. In turn, leading to thriving communities where residents use their voice, embrace leadership and build collective power to support their visions, aspirations, and dreams for the future of their community.
Within the last year, Habitat for Humanity of Craven County has begun resident leadership training in our focus community, Greater Duffyfield. This core team of leaders, also known as Block Captains, were chosen by their neighbors to keep them informed of what is happening, get them involved in the work, and be an inspiration for change. We understand that investment in developing the knowledge and skills of residents so that they are better prepared to lead and participate effectively in deciding and planning the direction of their neighborhood growth is vital to the sustainability of community development and growth. We are honored to be partnered with the following individuals as they serve their neighborhood as a Block Captain in Greater Duffyfield.
Renee Dillahunt, Carlillie Swindell, Charles “Man” Benjamin, Rev. Ethel Belle Sampson, Barbara Sampson, Melissa Wallace, Renee Hill, Regina Weatherspoon
If you are interested in serving or would like to nominate someone to serve as a Block Captain (resident leader for your block) please contact Antoinette Boskey-Chadwick at 252-633-9599 x107.
The goal of Neighborhood Revitalization is to support resident leaders as the driving force for development and growth. Creation of sustainability in this manner, ensures efforts to improve quality of life continue with well equipped leaders at the helm, while allowing us to move our focus to another community. As a part of our strategic plan, Habitat for Humanity of Craven County has established Greater Duffyfield as our focus community. This neighborhood includes subdivisions such as Dodge City, Duffyfield, Pavietown, Five Points, Dryborough, Long Wharf, Larksville, Mechanicsville and both public housing complexes.
Greater Duffyfield has an approximate population of 3,300 people, majority being African American. This community is a historically black community established prior to Jim Crow laws. Although racism was prominent, residents maintained their own thriving commercial and cultural district known as Five Points. Unfortunately, the Great Fire of 1922 destroyed over 1000 homes and left 3000 citizens homeless and unable to reconstruct their homes. This caused a population shift, making New Bern predominately white. As the Phoenix, this community rose out of the ashes and experienced another economic boom and the return of Five Points along with the growth of amenities to include Cedar Street Gym. This growth was negatively impacted by development decisions, Jim Crow laws and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. Since that time long term disinvestment and the continuous cycle of poverty have plagued this community. Habitat for Humanity of Craven County is dedicated to investing in the residents of this community and fostering relationships with resource partners that allows residents to plan and guide the development and growth of their neighborhood in a way that improves their Quality of Life.