Neighborhood residents serve a critical role in reaching the hardest-to-reach families. We have established and sustained a core team of informal neighborhood leaders who serve as Block Captains (BCs). These BCs are community change agents whom we employ and train to identify, engage, and develop relationships with families on their doorsteps. On regular walks, they identify and engage with families, providing them resources and services in response to their expressed needs and hopes.

Importantly, in addition to providing resources, BCs create and sustain trusted, valued relationships with families who typically do not walk through the doors of service agencies.  BCs approach families from a place of empathy and create lasting connections contributing to a growing network of activated families. These trusted neighbor-to-neighbor relationships underlie the transformative power of Healthy Homes and set our program apart from other wrap-around programs.


Emily

Block Captain Since: June 2015

Blocks: Atson, Rosemont, Purcell, Iliff

What Motivates Emily: “I also am a PCA at Children’s Hospital so I see kids getting hurt from falling down steps or getting into something they shouldn’t have, so if I can give these items to keep kids from getting hurt it is worth it. I also love being someone who people know they can go to for help finding resources they need.”

Why She Became a Block Captain: “I became a Block Captain because I love being an active member of my community and helping families have the safety items they need to help keep their kids be safe and out of the emergency room.” 


Melissa

Block Captain Since: September 2015 Blocks: Lower Price Hill

What Motivates Melissa: “The trust that I build with my neighbors. Just knowing that if they need me they can reach out to me to help them find resources.”

Why She Became a Block Captain: “I became a Block Captain because I wanted the women in my neighborhood to become more aware of how they interact with their children. I also wanted to get to know my neighbors, and know what they need. I like knowing that as a team we help lower the infant mortality rates.” 


Nancy

Block Captain Since: October 2015 Blocks: Lower Price Hill

What Motivates Nancy: “The needs of the children including, safety, food, education, and other resources.”

Why She Became a Block Captain: “I truly have been appalled by the infant mortality rate, and living in an area that is number one in the nation. When I heard about Block by Block I was very excited to have the opportunity to impact this terribly negative number that has followed us (Hamilton County) for over 10 years.” 


Nancy

Block Captain Since: October 2015 Blocks: Lower Price Hill

What Motivates Nancy: “The needs of the children including, safety, food, education, and other resources.”

Why She Became a Block Captain: “I truly have been appalled by the infant mortality rate, and living in an area that is number one in the nation. When I heard about Block by Block I was very excited to have the opportunity to impact this terribly negative number that has followed us (Hamilton County) for over 10 years.” 


Nancy

Block Captain Since: October 2015 Blocks: Lower Price Hill

What Motivates Nancy: “The needs of the children including, safety, food, education, and other resources.”

Why She Became a Block Captain: “I truly have been appalled by the infant mortality rate, and living in an area that is number one in the nation. When I heard about Block by Block I was very excited to have the opportunity to impact this terribly negative number that has followed us (Hamilton County) for over 10 years.”