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A collaboration of Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction, Choice Neighborhoods, and Workforce & Economic Development in the 85705 zip code.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

October Newsletter

What's coming up...

Transformation Team Meetings

YOU'RE INVITED for a series of planning meetings for two important THRIVE in the 05 working groups this fall! Choose a focus or come to them all:

  • People & Education: Strengthen education, health and human services. Come discuss community issues, opportunities, and resources for early childhood development, education and youth development, adult education and job readiness, services for seniors, health and wellness, arts and culture, and safety.
  • Housing & Neighborhoods: Transform the “built environment.” Come discuss opportunities for mixed-income & affordable housing development, home ownership, historic preservation & sense of place, transportation & mobility, parks & recreation, and economic development.

We encourage you to invite residents and additional partner organizations to join us in this effort. Refreshments will be provided, and we will have activities for children and youth.

RSVP to Transformation Team Meetings

People & Education

  • Tue., Oct. 15, 4:00-5:30pm @ Housing & Community Development
  • Tue., Nov. 5, 4:30-6:00pm, @ TBD
  • Tue., Nov 26, 4:30-6:00pm, @ TBD
  • Tue., Dec. 10, 4:30-6:00pm, @ TBD

Housing & Neighborhoods

  • Tue., Oct. 22, 4:00-6:00pm @ TBD
  • Tue., Nov. 19, 4:00-6:00pm @ Pima Community College, Amethyst Room
Then, SAVE THE DATE for the next Public Meeting on Wednesday, December 18, 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Pima Community College Downtown Campus where we will report out the progress from the fall Transformation Team meetings. RSVP

Calling All Volunteers!

Looking for an opportunity to volunteer for THRIVE in the 05? Want to gain or practice your research skills? Join us in an effort to survey households in the THRIVE in the 05 community! Must be 18 or older to survey. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed.
Surveyor Training
Friday, October 18, 2019

1:00 - 3:00 PM
ASU School of Social Work
340 N Commerce Park Loop
Tortolita Building, Room 220
Contact us for more information at thriveinthe05@asu.edu or (520) 884-5507 ext. 20609.
If you cannot attend the Oct. 18 training, please still apply! We will schedule additional future trainings. 
RSVP and Apply

Ocotillo Oracle Clean-up Day

Meet your neighbors and enjoy some special goodies! Volunteers are needed to help collect trash and report potholes, graffiti, and illegally dumped items.
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Meet 8:30 AM @ Pima Community College's parking lot next to Drachman

For more information or to RSVP, contact Sarah Launius (Ward 3) 520-791-4711.
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Huge THANK YOU to the Ward 3 Council Office for coordinating the September clean up in Balboa and Coronado Heights. Our volunteers and partners at Tucson Clean & Beautiful, Graffiti Protective Coating and Parks & Recreation helped us fill up two roll-offs, clean up the streets and build new relationships!

Residents from Balboa Heights, Coronado Heights, and Ocotillo Oracle Neighborhoods are invited to a follow-up Community Conversation to discuss your vision for your neighborhood with Thrive in the 05 staff. Join us on Tuesday, October 29 at 6:00 pm at the Marty Birdman Center. RSVP

THRIVE in the 05 National Night Out

We had a great turnout for National Night Out this year and so much fun! If you missed it, save the first Tuesday in October next year on your calendar now!
Here's what Ward 3 Council Member Paul Durham had to say in this weekly newsletter:
"Fun was had by all. These types of fun, family-friendly and multi-generational events are so important to strengthening a community. This event is only possible because of a number of volunteers comprised of people who live and work in the surrounding area. A few individuals and organizations who deserve some special recognition include: Tucson Parks and Recreation, Gospel Rescue Mission, ASU School of Social Work, Tucson Police Department, Pima Community College, Friends of the Marty Birdman Center, Tucson Fire Department, Tucson Fraternal Order of Police, Monica Parker and Mario Valencia. We appreciate your work and volunteerism. I also want to thank our donors including: Gospel Rescue Mission, Trader Joe’s, Monterrey Court, TD’s West, Grant-Stone Market, Tommy’s Bar and Curve’s. We appreciate your support."

THRIVE in the 05 Fall Festival & Resource Fair

Free Food - Music - Raffle - Games
Get to know your neighbors!
Nash Families: Celebrate storytelling month with your teachers
Dia De Los Muertos Art Activities with Old Pascua.
Pollinator Planting Party with Tucson Clean and Beautiful!

Saturday, November 2, 2019
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Nash Elementary School, 515 W Kelso

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Business Summit

Pima Community College, in partnership with the City of Tucson Economic Initiatives, is a key partner for Thrive in the 05 efforts.  Pima Community College brings innovative Workforce & Economic Development solutions and opportunities to the Thrive in the 05 area through outreach, education and training opportunities for local businesses and residents in the area.

Save-the-Date:  Upcoming Thrive in the 05 Business Forums

  • November 19, 2019: Business Planning & Development RSVP
  • January 27, 2020: Activating Spaces & Reducing Crime
  • March 23, 2020: Finding and Hiring Talent
  • May 18, 2020: Transit Connection – Creating Destination Routes

Thrive in the 05 Next Steps Business Forums are held at PCC Downtown Campus Amethyst Room (CC 180) from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.
Contact Teresa Noon, Pima Community College, at tmnoon@pima.edu or 520-206-7031 for more information. Please invite your business colleagues and bring your curiosity and your questions to our Thrive in the 05 Business Forums.

In the News...

Old motels, new ideas part of blossoming vision for Tucson's 85705

As part of her series following Thrive in the 05, Arizona Daily Star reporter Patty Machelor spoke with Tucson House residents for her most recent story. Norma Adame, vice president of the Tucson House Resident Council told her:
“We take care of each other more than before, we communicate much better about who does and who does not live here,” she said. “It’s becoming more and more of a community.” Read the article
Leigh Ann Baker steps out of her studio apartment at Miracle Square, 2601 N Oracle Rd., on September 26, 2019. Miracle Square helps adults with disabilities and the elderly to live independently.

In the community...

Resources You Can Use

  • "A Brush with Kindness" by Habitat for Humanity works with home owners who need help with minor exterior repairs and property upkeep, at a minimal cost based on income. If you need clean-up help and own a house in good condition, call Shianna Searcy at 326-1217 to ask for an application.
  • Free dental screenings for children in the month of October by Pima County Health Department's First Smiles Matter program. Download the calendar.
  • Free Legal Info Sessions at Court Night on October 15, 4:00 - 5:15 PM and 5:30 - 6:45 PM at Abrams Public Health Building (3950 S. Country Club Road)

Community Events

  • BICAS 30th Anniversary Party (2001 N 7th Ave) Join BICAS (our neighborhood community education and recycling center for bicycles) for a 90's-themed celebration on October 19th from 6-10pm with drinks, music, dancing, and some special activities. 90's flashback fashion is highly encouraged! 
  • St Luke's Home "Don't Look Away" Photo Exhibition Celebrating the beauty of our Elders who call St. Luke’s “Home.” on Sunday, November 10th at 2:30 to 4:30 pm. (615 E Adams St)
  • Go check out a musical act at Monterey Court (505 W Miracle Mile)or a show at the O Comedy Lounge (2000 N Oracle)!

Wait. What is THRIVE in the 05?

Building on over a decade of work on projects like the Oracle Area Revitalization Plan (OARP), The Oracle Project (TOP), and the Oracle Area Task Force, three current initiatives are teaming up to build community and invest resources in this area. Together, these projects are called THRIVE in the 05! 

  1. Community-Based Crime Reduction is a comprehensive public safety initiative which seeks to work with the community to identify and address drivers of crime to help build sustainable communities of opportunity. Grant funded from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) through the Tucson based ASU School of Social Work.
  2. Choice Neighborhoods leverages significant public and private dollars to support locally driven strategies that address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Grant funded from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the City of Tucson's Housing and Community Development Department (HCD).
  3. Pima Community College in partnership with City of Tucson's Economic Initiatives Office is working to connect local residents and businesses to job training, business incentives, and resources. This collaboration on economic and workforce development inclusion arose through the 2018 Daniel Rose Fellowship and Oracle Area Task Force.
This monthly newsletter will provide you with important updates on the projects, invitations to meetings, and opportunities to provide feedback and drive the change you want to see in your neighborhoods. Read more about the effort in the Arizona Daily Star.

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Community-Based Crime Reduction
Nadia Roubicek

Project Manager, ASU
School of Social Work
520.884.5507 ext. 20609
Choice Neighborhoods
Alison Miller

Lead Planner, City of Tucson
Housing & Community Development
Pima Community College
Teresa Noon

Program Manager, Community Outreach
Workforce Development
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