Hope springs eternal for the residents of Oakland’s Change to Come organization, a transitional housing community that keeps families together while single parents undergo addiction treatment and rehabilitation.
To celebrate the $5,000 Nation of NeighborsSM grant that Royal Neighbors of America awarded to Change to Come, employees from Royal Neighbors’ Home Office, as well as local volunteers from the Bay Area, put the finishing landscaping touches on the new playground and garden so that residents’ children can enjoy the peace and security of their garden while living on-site.
“I am so blessed and grateful to Royal Neighbors,” says founder and executive director, Tracy Creer. “This grant helped pay for the new playground equipment, garden seeds and supplies, as well as a new washer and dryer for our residents.
“It makes a big difference for our clients to be able to not only do laundry on-site, but allow their children to play safely close by, especially as their parents undergo the stress of addiction rehabilitation.”
In addition to assisting with the playground and laundry facilities, volunteers also planted vegetables for a new garden on the property for fresh food this summer. Tracy, a mother and recovered addict herself, founded the Change to Come transitional community in 2011 and has served more than 600 clients.
“Our mission is to provide a place for single parents to keep their families together as they undergo treatment for their addictions — it’s a resource that wasn’t available during my own recovery as a young mother.”
“Tracy shares Royal Neighbors’ commitment to empowering women and their families through philanthropy,” said Royal Neighbors President/CEO, Cynthia Tidwell. “We were proud to help her build, celebrate and support her mission to rebuild lives. This is what we’re all about.”
The Nation of Neighbors℠ Program provides financial assistance to individuals who have a plan to start or expand a business, organization, or group that helps women and/or girls in their community. Examples of past grant winners’ initiatives include: a daycare center; an organization building awareness of human trafficking; the R-E-A-D group (Rejuvenating Excellence & Accomplishing Dreams) designed to help young girls prepare for college; and an organization that provides educational and networking opportunities for female entrepreneurs.
In 2017, $100,000 in grant money was distributed through the Nation of Neighbors Program, and nearly $2 million has been awarded to grant recipients since the program began in 2007. Nation of Neighbors recipients must be nominated by a Royal Neighbors member, but nominees do not have to be a member to receive the grant.