VOL. 130 | NO. 112 | Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Frayser Community Fair Scheduled for Saturday
By Don Wade
NeighborWorks America’s national NeighborWorks Week puts redevelopment, empowerment and civic pride at center stage with a variety of events, including a Frayser community fair this Saturday.
“We wanted to have a fair that connected neighbors and neighborhoods to resources,” said Amy Schaftlein, director of development at United Housing Inc.
The Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fair will be held this Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Hope Christian Academy, 3000 University St. The Frayser Community Development Corp. (Frayser CDC) and Shelby County Trustee’s office are helping to put on the event.
The fair, which is free, will feature financial education workshops, credit counseling, homebuyer workshops and information on how to obtain health care.
Schaftlein says the workshops will give people a chance to learn much right on site. For example, high school students and their families can learn about to live day to day on a budget. And Empower Me staff will be on site to help people with delinquent tax bills.
“We usually just do housing fairs, but we wanted to go beyond housing,” Schaftlein said, adding that the health care component is important because there are people that still need information about Medicare and the Affordable Care Act.
While most people have smartphones now, Schaftlein said, many still need to know where to start looking for resources.
For example, two different groups will be on site to provide information about obtaining small business loans. Graduate Memphis, an initiative of Leadership Memphis, will be on hand to provide information for adults interested in returning to school.
Food, drinks and activities for children also will be part of the fair. Livable Memphis also will have its mobile porch at New Hope Christian Academy. This is the first event of this kind United Housing has done, but Schaftlein says they hope to do more.
“It would be great to get other neighborhood associations involved,” she said.
For more information, call Schaftlein at 901-728-6937.