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October at Freret Neighborhood Center

It’s been almost two months since I started and the center, and it’s gotten a lot less quiet. Thankfully, a new volunteer has started to help out with the computer lab (yay!), which leaves me to work on other projects. We also have a new intern for the semester who’s been working on projects with me, so the center now has a total staff of 2!

I also got to attend an URBANbuild review a couple of weeks ago, where architecture students presented their residential prototypes to the review jury. One of the designs was chosen and will be URBANbuild’s next house, in partnership with Neighborhood Housing Services.

Back in the center, a lot of neighbors come in on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I’ve gotten to know some of them. It’s a nice break to chat with someone instead of staring at the computer monitor or fighting with the copy machine.


Most of the activity, however, has been around planning our annual Halloween party. Neighborhood Housing Services, through Freret Neighborhood Center, has been holding this event in the neighborhood for the past 8 years. It’s a huge gathering every year, and the attendance has gone up to 1,000 people in previous years. There’s been a lot of planning, research, and emails sent in order to prepare for it.

We’ve decorated the center and Evans Playground, where the event will be held. Now we just need to focus on logistics and sorting the massive amount of costumes we have to give away to attendees. With the Halloween Fest just a week away, these next few days will be busy, but I’m excited to see the turnout.



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queer feminist radical socialist anarchist woman of colour


This entry was posted on October 20, 2015 by in VISTA Field Reports and tagged , , , .


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