The best thing that transpired this summer was the number of people who met and
made friends with people they didn’t know. Opportunities to do this were at block parties, the Sunday afternoon Book Swap and various pop-up parties at people’s homes.
A garden walk introduced neighbors to fantastic back yards in our area.
We connected with and were recognized by Future Heights, with requests from other neighborhoods for our Stop Here and Chat project. A core of Forest Hill people worked at homes on the Cleveland Heights House Tour in September.
Numerous residents were engaged through thank-you notes and condolence cards. Jo met many residents in person as she contacted them on foot door to door. Responses to all of these efforts were extremely positive with offers to help on projects or events.
It was gratifying to have business owners and individuals support our efforts with generous dollar contributions.
Small groups shared rides to concerts, theater performances and films this summer. Each time those who went felt closer to the others.
We’re now moving from fall into the holiday season, and from outdoor activities to those inside, but opportunities to meet people you didn’t know before are still abundant. Small living room gatherings will lead to more fast friendships and discoveries of mutual interests.
A lot of research shows that members of a community are safer and happier when they know and share interests with those who live near them and share enjoyable activities.
We will be contacting residents with opportunities to participate in meaningful gatherings for the next few months.
Going forward, I hope that we will all make an effort to know our neighbors, by name and in friendship. I hope that we will help when help is needed, reach out to isolated neighbors and nurture a commuity of interactive and supportive people who enjoy life together.