Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives: Healthy Communities

Community is an essential part of who we are. Each one of us plays a part in sustaining the community in which we live. Without diverse neighbors with skills and talents other than our own, the mechanic wouldn’t have a doctor, and the doctor wouldn’t have a car. 

Each person is a vital part of the community.

Yet sometimes communities weaken over time without access to the care and resources needed to grow. That’s why neighborhood revitalization initiatives are crucial in supporting and uplifting areas that need some tender loving care. 

What Are the Goals of Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives?

The overarching goal of all neighborhood revitalization initiatives is to strengthen the community. This is done through various projects that help renew the neighborhood. 

  • Educate on practical knowledge and valuable skills
  • Own financial assets, grow businesses, and lift income
  • Support small businesses
  • Project completion
  • Increase the quality of life

“We all want our communities to be healthy.”

–Denise, past participant of The Real Estate Co-Powerment Series

A Community’s Cornerstone: Education

Education is the pillar of all neighborhood revitalization initiatives because a community will perish without knowledge. Learning is a fundamental building block of society. 

At Omicelo Cares, we offer practical knowledge and specific skill sets that help individuals obtain financial assets, grow their businesses, and increase their income. Encouraging individuals to do this will, in turn, help the entire community rejuvenate and stabilize. 

Supporting and Building Small Businesses

Family-owned businesses are another major contributor to community revitalization. These businesses generate more jobs for the community, encourage neighborly interaction and development, establish an identity, and circulate money locally. 

By developing and supporting these businesses, community members can come together to form a shared identity. 

Ending the Demise of Uncompleted Projects 

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, unforeseen circumstances, weather challenges, delays in obtaining permits, and a change of plans cause uncompleted projects to line streets in neighborhoods. Risk factors such as these are one of the causes of underperforming and incomplete projects, according to KPMG’s 2021 Global Construction Survey. In 2021, 37% of companies said they missed their budget and schedule goals due to COVID-19. Risk management must be addressed to improve the organization and performance of construction projects. 

It may be debatable, but uncompleted projects are worse to look at than abandoned buildings. They saw the potential. They chased the potential. But then they quit. 

A vital part of neighborhood revitalization initiatives is project completion. Through Omicelo Cares’ partners such as Neighborhood Allies, we strive to bring every project to completion to build the community’s finances, relationships, and uniformity.

Omicelo Cares Courses 

We care deeply about the communities of Pittsburgh. Therefore, we have set our life’s purpose on increasing the overall quality of life in surrounding neighborhoods. 

Because a community deserves to be a community. 

Our courses help communities discover what they were meant to be: a place of identity, relationship, and purpose. We provide:

We also come alongside businesses to help them achieve income, growth, and sustainability in 7 Pillars of Sustainable Business. We also support community members, small businesses, and organizations bringing projects to completion in the Real Estate Co-Powerment Series

Denise, a past participant of The Real Estate Co-Powerment Series, said, “What followed after graduating from the Series was the confidence to believe in the process. Confidence then gave way to courage. Some folks participate in the cohort for personal reasons, some for professional reasons. No matter the individual purpose, we all want our communities to be healthy.”

Omicelo Cares Board Adds Two New Board Members

Omicelo Cares recently recruited two new board members: Jodie Harris, director of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), and Morton Stanfield, senior vice president and head of community development for Dollar Bank. Both of these recruits have substantial experience building up communities. 

Jodie Harris
CDFI Fund
Director
Community Development Financial Institutions Fund

Jodie Harris’ Impact on Distressed Communities

Harris has filled many influential roles that have impacted distressed communities, including her current position for the CDFI Fund, which serves our nation’s disadvantaged communities by producing economic growth and opportunity. She has 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors.

“It is an honor to join the Omicelo Cares board,” Harris said. “I am excited to work with an organization that builds agency and power in communities overlooked and underserved by traditional community investment models. I look forward to supporting the team with this important mission.”

In 2007, Harris joined Treasury as an associate program manager with the CDFI Fund, later becoming a senior advisor to the director of the CDFI Fund. She has focused her work at the Treasury on access to capital, community development banking, and financial inclusion.

Toward the beginning of her career, Harris served as president of a small non-profit consulting firm. Later in her career, she focused on low-income food programs working in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Morton D. Stanfield, Jr. 
Dollar Bank 
Senior Vice President 
Community Development

Morton Stanfield Serves Numerous Community Organizations 

Stanfield has been working for Dollar Bank since 2005 and, in his current role, is responsible for community development initiatives in all markets for Dollar Bank. During his time at Dollar Bank, he has served in many roles, including Vice President for their Corporate Banking Department, where he managed and grew a portfolio of loans and deposits for commercial clients. 

“I am excited and honored to join the Board of Omicelo Cares,” Stanfield said. “I look forward to helping the organization advance its mission – a mission that aligns with my personal passions and my professional goals.”

Stanfield has 15 years in the financial industry and currently serves on several boards of directors for community organizations, including vice chairman of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, trustee of Carlow University, member of the finance committee of the Poise Foundation, and board member of Landmark’s Community Capital Corporation and Humane Animal Rescue. 

Stanfield is a graduate of Carlow University, the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Wharton Executive Leadership Program, and the Pennsylvania Bankers Association Advanced School of Banking. 

Omicelo Cares Seeks to Build up and Support Communities

Omicelo Cares is a non-profit organization that believes neighborhoods can create promise for all community members. Their mission is to support existing community members in low-to-moderate-income neighborhoods to own financial assets, grow their businesses, and lift their incomes. Omicelo Cares has grown to be a leader in the Entrepreneurial Support and Economic Development sectors in the region.

Ways to Get Involved 

Omicelo Cares is always looking for individuals interested in joining our journey to support and build up communities. You can get involved in many ways: