Patterson Park Community of Hope (COH) is a collaborative, community effort in its beginning stages that seeks to allow for: “… a place where all children are safe and have the support they need from the adults in their lives to grow up healthy and succeed.” To date we have held three community engagement events for families and have held meet and greets with interested residents in order to form a Citizens Advisory Board.
All of our COH activities are centered around building on the 5 Protective Factors that are known to strengthen families.
1. Nurturing and Attachment
Positive relationships that provide emotional, informational, instrumental and spiritual support.
2. Child Development
Understanding child development and parenting strategies that support physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development.
3. Parent Resiliency
Managing stress and functioning well when faced with challenges, adversity and trauma.
4. Concrete Support
Access to concrete support and services that address a family’s needs and help minimize stress caused by challenges.
5. Social Connection
Family and child interactions that help children develop the ability to communicate clearly, recognize and regulate their emotions and establish and maintain relationships.
The current group of resident leaders in Patterson Park mobilized around the idea of having a “Block Cleanup Event” following feedback that this is an important issue to residents. Volunteers from Mosaic Christian Church, South Columbia Baptist Church, Healthy Harbor, and the local community helped to pick up trash, remove weeds, spread mulch, and do other light gardening jobs. The Block Party included a Snowball Machine, Popcorn Maker, free t-shirts and other giveaways. The block looks great and many Patterson Park residents expressed an interest in learning more and getting involved with the Community of Hope Initiative!