To: Daniel Parker, MSP
From: Julianne Price, Environmental Specialist
Through: Cheryl L. Dunn, RS, Environmental Manager
Subject: November 2006 Wabasso PACE EH Grant Update
?Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don?t give up.?- Anne Lamott
Someone should put this quote in the PACE EH Guidebook as I?ve found that if you patiently and devotedly attend community meetings and try to do the right thing, listen to people, and don?t give up on them that success will surely result in some form. This month consisted of a lot of hope manifesting into realities, finally. The water project is nearing its completion. Homes were pressure tested and plumbing repaired as the grant specified and pending the clearance from DEP connections will be made by Christmas. The long battle to end resident?s only supply of water, which is brown, is over. The infrastructure that the community identified two and a half years ago in their PACE EH survey has materialized physically and they are enjoying the sidewalks, the walking trail in the park, and the streetlights which so many say make them feel much safer.
I made an effort to pull back my reigns on being omnipresent in Wabasso this month as it is I anticipate all action plans will have been carried out by next month and we can end our project. I was also away for two weeks of the month and involved with a few presentations, which warranted time and attention. While I intend to stay involved in this community, it will not be on the scale that I have employed myself with the PACE EH project. In fact, the community now feels empowered as they realize many of their goals have been accomplished and certainly know where to go to address future issues that may arise. In any event, I will attend monthly meetings and assist as I am able.
I missed my first community meeting in the entire three years of being involved in Wabasso due to my attendance at EH Strike Team Training. The community meeting went well and the leaders in the community led the meeting successfully.
I also provided PACE EH training in Palm Beach County on Nov. 21st. I asked Detective Teddy Floyd to aid me in the training due to the fact that Palm Beach County Sheriff Dept. would be attending. My thought was that we could tell them how PACE EH solidified the relationship between the Indian River County Health Dept. and the Indian River County Sheriff?s Dept. in hopes that they would get their PACE EH project off to a great start. The training was successful and we seemed to provide useful information to attendees who all had lots of good questions regarding the PACE EH process.
The following files are provided in the Adobe Acrobat pdf format. Files over 100 kb in size that may take longer to download and view, have their file size listed.
January 3, 2007 - Wabasso water hook-ups ready
December 24, 2006 - Water for West Wabasso pushed to new year
December 2, 2006 - Can West Wabasso's Pipes Take the Pressure?
November 24, 2006 - West Wabasso may get county water in time for Christmas
August 27, 2006 - Volunteers build home in a day for Wabasso's 'Big Mama'
May 6, 2006 - County: West Wabasso Will Say Goodbye to 'Brown Water'
April 13, 2006 - West Wabasso's long road to county water about to end
February 18, 2006 - West Wabasso finds success in long quest for county water
January 23, 2006 - Gospel Fest to raise money for hurricane repairs in Wabasso
December, 2005 - In My Opinion: West Wabasso Assessment Project Update (From the Florida Journal of Environmental Health)
October 10, 2005 - West Wabasso residents rejoice over water project
October 7, 2005 - West Wabasso to get county water
September 20, 2005 - Indian River County replaces septic tanks for 10 families in west Wabasso
July 8, 2005 - Indian River health officials receive national award
June, 2005 - Spring 2005 PACE Progress Report for the Wabasso Environmental Assessment (380 kb) (From the Florida Journal of Environmental Health)
June 17, 2005 - World Changers group fixes homes in West Wabasso
June 15, 2005 - Impoverished area to get waterlines
June 12, 2005 - World Changers redo Wabasso
May 1, 2005 - Water System on its way to Wabasso
December 25, 2004 - Woman's work aids west Wabasso residents
October 18, 2004 - Storms stall Wabasso help
September, 2004 - PACE Progress Report for the Wabasso Environmental Assessment (620 kb) (From the Florida Journal of Environmental Health)
September 28, 2004 - Storms run Wabasso family out of own, borrowed homes
August 28, 2004 - Families get new homes
August 11, 2004 - Draft Brochure, Bringing Basic Needs to a Forgotten Community (1.4 meg file)
July 30, 2004 - Kindness rules in Wabasso (109 kb)
July 28, 2004 - Teens team up to build man's house
June 2, 2004 - Indian River seeks aid for water
May 26, 2004 - Groups enlist residents to help revive Wabasso
May 11, 2004 - Wabasso may have to wait a year for street lights to come on
May 9, 2004 - Town hall meeting to address Wabasso's needs