Rise’s Annual Appeal Radiates Success

Each year, we delight in the incredible progress that has taken place in our neighborhoods and community business districts. And this year, through our first-ever Rise Annual Appeal campaign, we were able to strengthen and diversify our funding sources, allowing us to continue the tremendous progress we have seen in recent years.

From Fox Manor in Dutchtown South to East Alton, and the 44 neighborhoods and business districts in between, these projects wouldn’t have been possible without the continued support from local communities. Rise relies on these socially-committed and caring individuals because they allow us to launch and sustain new projects that we have set for our future.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made a donation. Your gifts will enable us to continue rebuilding neighborhoods, provide expertise to local groups and work toward strengthening our greater community.

2014 CBN Awards Ceremony a fantastic success!

The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis recognized outstanding individuals and organizations for excellence in community building at the 2014 Community Builders Awards Presentation March 6 at the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

Establishing itself as a premier community development event, recognized honorees included: Fred Bright, the Mayor of the Village of East Alton, Melanie Dileo, Vice President of Community Affairs for Citi Bank, Jim Lutz, Rise Community Development Housing Development Project Manager and long-time community development notable, Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service’s Jason Deem, Rodney and Juanita Norma, Tim Barry, Executive Director of Horizon Housing Foundation and past-President of the St. Louis Equity Fund, as well as the Skinker-DeBalivere Community Council.

Realizing a need for capacity building as an important component of community building, a portion of the event was dedicated to Rise Community Development to announce our 2014 Community Development Corporation (CDC) Capacity Building and Collaborative Grant program recipients. Loura Gilbert, Vice President of Community Development at Commerce Bank and a member of the Collaborative Oversight Committee announced the recipients:

DeSales Community Housing Corporation- Property Management system upgrades
Dutchtown South Community Corporation- Data and Neighborhood Indicator Tracking
Lemay Development Corporation &Lemay Housing Partnership – Broadway & Ripa Intersection Redevelopment Planning
Mt. Sinai Development Corporation – Sinai Village and Winstanley Neighborhood Reading and Vocabulary Skills Development Program
Old North St. Louis Restoration Group- Crown Square and Old North St. Louis Marketing Program
Skinker DeBaliviere Community Council and Citizens for Modern Transit – Wabash Station Planning

The event was very well attended and shows the interest and support for community development is St. Louis is on the Rise!

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Loura Gilbert is featured in the Post Dispatch

On February 28, 2014, Loura Gilbert, Representative for Commerce Bank on the Rise Board of Directors and Chair of the CDC Capacity Building and Collaborative Grant Program Oversight Committee, was featured in the Post Dispatch for her work with the Metropolitan St. Louis CRA Association and for her commitment to stabilizing neighborhoods.

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