Groundbreaking for Crawford W. Kimble Senior Living, 2005
Restoring Houston's Fourth Ward
"With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together" - Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 1995, Reverend Elmo Johnson had the vision of restoring the Fourth Ward to a neighborhood of vitality and community. He has mad it his mission to revitalize on of Houston's most important African Americana historic neighborhoods, and along the way he is providing home, friendship, and hope.
With the help of many volunteers and corporate sponsors known as "Elmo's Army," Rev. Johnson is achieving success. In 2006, a new, 20-unit apartment building opened to provide affordable housing for the area's elderly – many who were living in crumbling houses, some without working utilities. Some had no homes at all. The building replaced several dilapidated houses, and was completed thanks to the efforts of Trammell Crow Residential's Houston office and the firm's construction team and sub-contractors providing services at or near cost.
Several community events take place each year, to provide much needed supplies, clothing and food for local residents. All events are the result of volunteer efforts.
His church, Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, now sits in the middle of a small but mighty urban revitalization are that was not master planned and developed by one government agency or one large company. It is instead a project born of many hands, lead by a few committed individuals, and supported by many firms and grants.
"With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Click here for more information on Kimble Senior Living: twenty apartment homes for Houston's low-income seniors opened April 2006.
Daisy "Mama" King, resident of Kimble Senior Living.
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Events Bring Caring and Hope to Fourth Ward
Volunteers have held several events over the past two years to bring much needed food, school supplies and clothes to Fourth Ward residents. Thanksgiving hams, backpacks filled with school supplies, Christmas toys, and holiday gift cards for the "Senior Saints" have been given with care to neighbors in need.
"People make community when people care about each other, really,
deeply care. These people are not here helping because they're just
going to work. They're here because this is about making something more
precious than money. This is a restoration project, on many levels." - Rev. Elmo Johnson, Rose of Sharon Baptist Church