June 2018 Neighborhood Night Recap

Every month the Folwell Neighborhood Night hosts Neighborhood Night where residents come together to share a meal, get to know each other, and organize around the topics they care about. To learn more about this pilot program, click here.

Below you will find the notes taken from the evening.

Each evening starts with a living document of how to create a safe space for everyone to speak their truth and show up in their fullest self. These are the agreements the group created. It is a living document and shared each month with the ability to add or expand.


  • No hitting
  • Mindful listening
  • OK to Disagree
  • Respect
  • “And” rather than “No”
  • Try no to interrupt
  • Cell phones outside of space
  • Don’t feel chained to a chair

After going through agreements, everyone discussed how the evening could go.  Ariah spoke to “Open space” philosophy where everyone can move around the room and participate in the work they are drawn too. Here is a link to more about this concept that was widely agreed upon in the room. http://openspaceworld.org/wp2/what-is/

After setting the stage for the casual and open feel of the room and schedule, we discussed what each team will be focusing on. We then broke out into small groups for the next hour. We regrouped at the end for a 20 min recap, next steps, and evaluation. Here is what came out of the small groups.

Housing: Dani Tietjen – danielle@folwell.org

  • What has the Housing team been working on:
    • $10,000 Engagement grant (CURA) Empty Lots
  • Community Owned Properties
    • Rentals
    • B&B
  • Survey:
    • Bring renter info to help assist
    • Bring housing support info
  • Empty Lots: These were ideas residents had for what they want to see on empty lots
    • Playgrounds (Parkets)
    • Roller Skating rinks
    • Bike Shop
    • Pet Store
    • Boutique with different vendors
    • Multipurpose retail space
    • Dog Park
    • Pop up cafe – use restaurants already here that close early
  • Names of residents who want to be added to the email/team:
    • Mikile Baker
  • Next Steps:
    • None. The committee didn’t meet as all focus was on getting ready for door knockers. We will be meeting at next NN.

Communication Team: Debbie Tallen debbie@folwell.org

  • What has the Communication team been working on:
    • Facebook
    • Email
    • Folwell Flyer
    • Camden News
    • CRM
    • Ice Cream Social
  • Ideas people would like to see/work on:
    • Welcome Packet
    • Multiple Languages to diversify
    • Folwell Bucks – Beryl Ann is spearheading this
  • Folks who want to be added to email/team:
    • Mikile Baker
  • Next steps:
    • Ice Cream social was the main focus of the team. No next steps for Team stated at meeting.
    • Beryl Ann will be developing Folwell Buck platform and bring to board
    • Chad is interested in Welcome Packets

Crime and Safety Team: Joe Bell s.joesph@folwell.org

  • What has the Crime and Safety team been working on: Attending CARE meetings
    • CARE team as has been disbanded
    • Utilize 4pack meetings
    • Block Parties: How To
  • National Night Out (Aug. 7)
    • Permit deadline July 24
      • Mary Lind works for the permit department and can help with this
      • Connect with the Communications team to promote this
  • Who would like to join the email/team:
    • Mikile Baker
  • Next Steps:
    • Joe to contact Bill to get BLock Captain list
    • Dani to find out if it will be promoted in Camden News
    • Communications team to put it on Social Media, Folwell Flyer, email, website

Policy and Civic Engagement Team: Josh Ney josh@folwell.org

  • What has the team been working on:
    • Bylaws
  • Ideas from Community: what they want to see
    • Voter Registration
    • Citizenship Education
      • How to engage
  • This team did not meet as Josh was out of town
  • There are no next steps currently

Folwell Farmer Coalition: Dani Tietjen danielle@folwell.org

  • What has the team been working:
    • Planting
    • Watering
    • Getting the step up kids situated with the gardens
    • Hosting events
    • Submitted tool resource list to the city who is offering funding to outfit new garden’s.
    • Bee Hives have been added to the Penn Ave Garden.
  • The garden team didn’t meet this night as all of our energy has been on creating and building the community gardens.
  • Who would like to join the email list/team:
    • Mikile Baker
  • Next steps:
    • Work with the Penn Ave Safety Strategy grant to host events
    • Put forth a proposal for a $4000 Thrivent grant to help build the Penn Ave Space

CLEAN Team: Kathleen Acaso kacaso@mail.com

  • What has the team been up to:
    • Clean sweep in June got 79% of the streets clean
    • Bus Stop garbage containers
    • City “Clean Up” Notices
    • Dumping
  • Who wants to be added to the email list/team:
    • Mikile Baker


  • Next Steps:
    • Adopt a Trash can at the Resource Fair
    • Organize Clean Sweep after July 4
    • Connect with metro Transit/Lowry Business – Heidi


Finance Team: Beryl Ann Burton berylann@folwell.org

  • What has the team been working on:
    • Preparing for the audit
  • New Idea:
    • Folwell Bucks
      • July 15 – Nov. 15 Pilot Program
      • Will work with any group
      • Boys to Men will start
      • Long Term App
      • Work with local business
  • Next Steps:
    • Beryl Ann is putting together the details for a proposal to the board
    • Nate is working out the details for how this can be launched with Boys to Men

Evaluation: Everyone gave a one word evaluation of how the evening went.

  • Too short
  • Hopeful x 2
  • Welcome
  • Happy
  • Energized
  • Motivated x 2
  • Excited x 2
  • Positive
  • Engaged
  • Encouraged
  • Connected
  • Informed
  • It felt like jazz

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