Monthly Archives: July 2009

HANDS in Orange, NJ Plants Their Own Garden

HANDS is a non-profit that focuses on housing and neighborhood development through the high impact development of empty or troubled properties.  In many ways their goals and practices align with ours, in terms of healthy and sustainable community development.  From their website they write, “The HANDS’ strategy is built upon a working philosophy that believes that neighborhoods are revitalized by the actions of hundreds of individuals investing their time, their funds, their energy, and their hopes in the future of that neighborhood. HANDS believes the role of the CDC is to leverage those investment decisions, to bolster public sector action, and to generate more private sector investment.”  Together, and with Daily Soup, one of our recent ventures was to plant a small demonstration garden, which certainly fits snugly in their strategy of individuals investing time and energy for their neighborhood as a whole.