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Community Renewal believes that every person has a right to live in a neighborhood where they feel safe, valued, and capable.

Friendship houses make that dream a reality.

How it works

Locate the Neighborhood

Community Renewal identifies underserved neighborhoods in Shawnee and Pottawatomie County that desperately need trusting, caring relationships.

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Live in the Neighborhood

A Community Renewal staff member moves into the neighborhood with his or her family to begin building trusting, caring relationships with the residents.

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Engage with the Neighborhood

The staff member's home is equipped with a community room to host after-school programs, adult education classes, skill-building workshops, and more.

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The Results?

In Shreveport, Louisiana's 5 Friendship House Neighborhoods...

crimed decreased on average 52%, 100+ Students ages 17-77 earned high school diploma equivalent, 3500+ children and teens cared for in programming. 

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Curious about the Friendship House? Download an interview with friendship house coordinator, Travis Flood!

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Patricia montejano, Kickapoo Park Resident

There is a real sense of community in everything Community Renewal touches. I see it every where I go; their character, smiles, love and above all else care for people. 

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David Henry, Pastor, Calvary Baptist

I'm glad that the friendship house is coming to the neighborhood, that there's going to be a safe place for our kids and young people to go, get help, get mentoring, and build friendships. I've lived in the neighborhood for 10 years, and this is one of the best things that's happened in our community in a long time. 

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Abby Flood, Future Kickapoo Park Resident

I am excited to be moving into the friendship house because of the amazing opportunity to help others. What an awesome gift to be able to live life alongside those who need a little hope and encouragement? There is no greater joy than being able to make a difference in someone’s life, no matter how big or small. My family and I will be surrounded by these opportunities and we can’t wait!