Grove Park Foundation will function as the “Community Quarterback,” acting as the overall lead agency to engage the community, develop partnerships, raise necessary capital and operating dollars, and coordinate a program implementation timeline. Grove Park Foundation will align a set of investments in education, housing, and wellness to create a healthy neighborhood environment, and provide economic opportunities for families and children to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
The foundation is dedicated to revitalizing the Grove Park neighborhood and improving the quality of life by working with local partners, leaders and residents to create a healthy, equitable and vibrant community.
Grove Park Foundation has grown out of the efforts to connect and restore several historic Westside neighborhoods along Proctor Creek. These neighborhoods have suffered from decades of disinvestment environmental degradation. In 2015, the Emerald Corridor Foundation opened its doors in the Grove Park neighborhood and began working with public, private and community partners to address quality of life issues surrounding the creek.
In October 2015, the leadership of the Emerald Corridor Foundation met Purpose Built Communities at the inaugural meeting of the Westside Future Fund at City of Refuge and started conversing about a possible collaboration. This lead to dialogues with potential stakeholders and partners and over the next 18 months, the Emerald Corridor Foundation increasingly focused its work on the Grove Park neighborhood and sought the counsel and advice of Purpose Built Communities. During this time, the Emerald Corridor Foundation forged a series of new partnerships with Atlanta Public Schools, KIPP, the YMCA and several arts organizations to bring an A+ school, a new YMCA facility and new housing options for all income levels to the Grove Park neighborhood.
Collectively, this evolution and growing momentum led to the launch of Grove Park Foundation to serve as the “community quarterback” to guide an inclusive, holistic neighborhood revitalization effort. Using the Purpose Built Communities model, Grove Park Foundation is working with the neighborhood and partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to achieve an equitable and sustainable transformation that preserves and builds community. Grove Park Foundation is committed to a long-term effort that will build a cradle-to-college education pipeline, develop affordable and mixed income housing, and community health and wellness programs and facilities. Building on the neighborhood’s strengths and needs, Grove Park Foundation is also building partnerships and attracting investment around the arts, affordable health care and bringing a “main street” economy back to life along the Donald Lee Hollowell corridor. The ultimate goal is to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by creating wide, durable channels out of poverty for low-income residents. Another crucial goal of this effort is for existing homeowners to capture earned wealth through equity gains as a result of this holistic set of investments in the neighborhood.