Community Gathers to Celebrate Important Milestone at Sunrise
Sunshine, live music and the sound of children’s laughter enveloped Sunrise Park on September 15th during a celebration marking the completion of Phase 1. Sixteen new Partner Families and eight original residents of the trailer park, who now live in energy-efficient affordable rentals, were joined by hundreds of community members to celebrate this milestone in the first trailer park redevelopment in the nation completed without resident displacement.
Activities included a ribbon-cutting, cooking demonstrations in the Community Center kitchen, tours of the Promise Keeper, viewings of Youth United mosaics, a drumming circle and kids’ activities ranging from hula hoops to face painting to a bounce house in the Big Backyard.
A variety of speakers brought their perspectives on the impact of Sunrise Park. Charlottesville’s mayor, representatives from a number of state agencies, and officials from HFHI and the AARP foundation spoke to the precedent-setting characteristics of this project. Habitat Executive Director Dan Rosensweig spoke about the Charlottesville community," We are all so blessed to live and work in a town with such a huge heart." Most importantly, Sunrise Park residents Louisa Candelario and Marion Dudley shared their personal stories with the audience and reinforced the love, partnership, and hard work that has resulted in so many families realizing their dreams.
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