THE FACE OF COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION
December 31, 2017
Founded in 2010 by Mike and Gillian Goodrich, Woodlawn Foundation has focused its efforts on breaking the multigenerational cycle of poverty in the once thriving community of Woodlawn. Led by Executive Director Sally Mackin since its inception, the Foundation acts as the “Community Quarterback” to ensure its residents are engaged, included and served. Whether attending neighborhood meetings or holding community workshops, the Foundation listens to collective concerns and identifies solutions and the partners to resolve them.
Woodlawn Foundation implements three defined tracks of holistic community revitalization: (1) development of a first-class education system with a clear cradle to college and career pipeline, (2) high quality mixed-income housing to eliminate the concentration of poverty, and (3) community wellness, which includes economic development and a reliable network of family and community support services and facilities to enhance the overall quality of life of the residents.
Recent successes include the construction of the James Rushton Early Learning and Family Success Center which opened in the Spring of 2017 and will accommodate up to 100 students ages six weeks to four years; the creation of the Homeowner Rehabilitation Program which identifies and addresses safety concerns in the homes of Woodlawn residents; and the implementation of the Manager of Community Partnership program which provides non-academic wrap around services for students within the five schools in the Woodlawn feeder pattern.
Although its mission is not complete, Woodlawn Foundation continues to work diligently to create a more vibrant and sustainable community in which its residents have an opportunity to thrive.