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FALL 2015 Newsletter
In this issue:
Hampton Circle of Friends
Cottage Grove Neighborhood Association
Mustard Seed Community Health
New Hope Groups
English classes
Cottage Grove and Purpose Built Communities
Master Gardeners
Healthy Homes
BCBSNC grant
Save the Date for Housing Summit

Circle of Friends launches support for Hampton Elementary School:
Hampton Elementary School is in the center of the Cottage Grove Community and essential for the goal of high quality education from cradle to career or college. Principal Thyais Maxwell and the entire faculty and staff are committed to an ambitious school improvement plan. The Circle of Friends is a group of over fifty people from all sectors of the Greensboro community committed to this cause, the school, and the children of the Cottage Grove neighborhood. The Circle of Friends serves by volunteering wherever their skills and influence can touch and change a child’s life and where needed and by providing the material and financial resources to support the programmatic needs of the children. Priorities this year are:

1. A mentoring program, already well established through the partnership with NCA&T, is seeking cohort of adults to serve in a one-on-one relationship with students identified by the school who either desire such a relationship or would be greatly benefited by one. Thomas Griffis, who served last year as a mentor is the “captain” of this initiative and will be reporting in more detail on the program, its important value, and its need for committed volunteers.

2. ACES (After School Care and Enrichment Services) program, providing academic support, enrichment experiences, and recreational activities while emphasizing the values of character, respect, responsibility, and discipline. Many of Hampton’s students whose parent or parents are working are “latch key kids,” going home at the end of the school day for hours of unsupervised time because they cannot afford ACES. Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 for scholarships. Tax deductible gifts may be made to the Hampton Elementary School, 2301 Trade Street, Greensboro, NC 27401. A gift of $50 will fund one child for a week, a gift of $200 will fund one for a month, and a gift of $1,000 will fund the child for the balance of the year.

3. Reading makes a huge difference in the academic success of the students. In order to be a Reading Buddy or to work in classrooms with students, you must register as a volunteer at the Guilford County School web site, www.gcsvolunteers.com. As you complete the registration, designate Hampton Elementary as the school in which you want to volunteer, mark the areas in which you are interested, and the times you may be available. Upon your approval, Ms. Walser-Desautels, the social worker and volunteer coordinator at the school, will contact you by email and assign you to a teacher. The teacher will send you an email to determine the specific area of interest and times that work within the class schedule. Also, if you would let me know that you have completed the registration, I will be able to keep a record of our involvement. You will build relationships with them while supporting their growth in reading. The Reading Buddies from Christ United Methodist Church and the Hamilton Lakes Lions Club have found this to be a very rewarding experience. Contact Carolyn McKinney comkville@aol.com or 336-638-8682.

4. Robotics will encourage students to be interested in science, technology, and math. We plan to conduct robotics for grades 3-5. We’ll have them working with the LEGO robotics kits. We have spoken to the executive director of NC FIRST (the organization that manages all robotics from K-12 in the state of NC), Marie Hopper, and we’ve managed to work some very good things out: NC FIRST will give us any robotics kits we’ll need for free. Hampton already has some kits (I’ll be doing an inventory check on Wednesday) but if we need any extras, we know who to ask. We’ll have the kids work on the First Lego League challenge from last year. It is in our best interest to give the kids a practice year before signing them up for the actual competition. We’ll work the kids through a curriculum prepared by Carnegie-Mellon University. Ms. Hopper recommended it to us. NC FIRST will train us as mentors; the training session typically lasts about 2 hours, to be scheduled soon. Robotics at Hampton will definitely come to fruition; it’s up to us to make sure that it comes fast. Thank you very much. Contact Yusuf Olakoba olakobayusuf@gmail.com

Hampton Saturdays enrich students’ lives with music, art, gardening, exercise play, and other activities on the second Saturday morning of each month. Parents join in the activities, enjoying healthy interactions with children, volunteers, and the Hampton team.
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Community Health Discussion June 5, 2014

Mustard Seed Community Health held a successful “community discussion” on healthcare in Greensboro on June 5, 2014. Over fifty people attended the event representing leaders in the health care, business and faith communities.

Judy Page

Judy Page

Thank you to First Citizens Bank for sponsoring the lunch and to Revolution Mill for providing the beautiful venue. We also want to thank Judy Page, the administrator at Congregational United Church of Christ, for all of her valuable time, energy and know how in helping with the invitations and rsvp cards. Her talents are greatly appreciated!

Beth Mulberry M.D.

Beth Mulberry M.D.

Beth Mulberry, MD and The Reverend Julie Peeples led the discussion by explaining what the Mustard Seed Community Health organization is seeking to do for the approximately 45,000 uninsured people in Greensboro and how it will be accomplished. Beth led the discussion by providing the mission and the vision of Mustard Seed and explaining the four prong approach that will be taken.

  1. Physical Clinic: Integrated Primary Care, Mental Health and Dental Health, staffed with retired physicians, nurses and community volunteers from our universities and general population.
  2. Community Health Outreach Program: Staffed with people and case managers that will be out in the community checking on those that are being served and seeing others in need.
  3. Urban Garden and Farmer’s Market; Provide training for gardening, canning and healthy cooking as well as providing lower cost fresh produce.
  4. Early Childhood Education: Teach children about healthy foods and leading a physically active lifestyle.
Rev. Julie Peeples talking with Rabbi Fred Guttman

Rev. Julie Peeples talking with Rabbi Fred Guttman

Reverend Peeples began her talk with a quote from Nelson Mandela; “Everything seems impossible until it is done”. She went on to say that the people and organizations behind Mustard Seed are not naïve, that the process is going to be difficult and will require not only the efforts of Mustard Seed but of all the many individuals, agencies and hospitals that are already working to help with the thousands that are being underserved. She knows it can be done. To quote Julie “The mustard seed shows up in several different faith traditions. In Christian Scriptures, Jesus says to his followers that if they have faith the size of a mustard seed they can do miraculous things. We have that faith, and we believe that with a community effort, individuals, faith communities, agencies, our current health system, nonprofits – we can indeed vastly increase accessibility to high quality healthcare for all. We have faith that this is the kind of community where people truly want accessible care for all, not just some. We have faith that there are more than enough creative minds, strong backs, and generous hearts to make this vision come true.”

Reverend Peeples introduced John Mills, Senior Clinic Consultant with ECHO (Empowering Community Healthcare Outreach. John and his organization have helped other faith communities form many clinics throughout the US.  John is donating his expertise and endless hours of work to see the Mustard Seed vision and mission come to fruition.

Skip Crowe with Cottage Grove Initiative

Skip Crowe with Cottage Grove Initiative

Skip Crowe spoke next about the Cottage Grove Initiative and how the Mustard Seed Community Health organization will fit so perfectly with Cottage Grove Initiative’s vision of holistic revitalization. This effort is built on the pillars of mixed income housing, superior educational opportunities from cradle to career and wrap around services including health care.

The event ended with a distribution of cards asking those that were in attendance how they would like to help with Mustard Seed. The response was wonderful!

Mustard Seed Community Health organizing clinic to serve uninsured in east Greensboro

Jun 5, 2014, 2:50pm EDT Updated: Jun 6, 2014, 8:46am EDT

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Plans are in the works for Mustard Seed Community Health clinic to open in east Greensboro by early next year to provide care to the uninsured.

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Hoping to add to the safety net of providers offering health care to the uninsured, a community-based effort is organizing Mustard Seed Community Health clinic in east Greensboro.

The effort, initiated and spearheaded by Dr. Beth Mulberry and the Rev. Julie Peeples, is another offering designed to increase access to primary health care following the closure of HealthServe Community Health Clinic.

Plans call to begin offering care in temporary space to about 1,400 people annually by early next year with the construction of a $1 million, 9,000-square-foot clinic and pharmacy by year three, when a second physician will be added. (more…)

Making health accessible

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Nursing, social work students are vital to immigrant health centerIt’s a small, nondescript brick house on Simpson Street in downtown Greensboro. No signs or shingles hang out front.But this house serves an essential purpose. Local immigrants, mostly Hispanic, who would otherwise go without, get low-cost health care here.FaithAction International House, a Greensboro agency that helps immigrant families transition into the local community, operates the health center for its clients. Two local physicians volunteer here. And some of UNCG’s nursing and social work students do clinicals here. (more…)