Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County is celebrating the grand opening of its first friendship house from 2-4 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 12) at The Craig Family Friendship House, at 812 W. 7th Street in Kickapoo Park.

Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County is celebrating the grand opening of its first friendship house from 2-4 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 12) at The Craig Family Friendship House, at 812 W. 7th Street in Kickapoo Park.

Community Renewal has consistently shown that its mission is an easy sell — still gaining momentum since it hit the ground running just more than two years ago, the group passionately promotes the restoration of relationships from within neighborhoods, bringing member after member into its fold.

After the membership drive for We Care. team members and Block Leaders were established, the organization's set its sights on its next phase — planting team members into neighborhoods so by becoming fully invested in the area they can be a constant and easily accessible resource to their neighbors.

Construction is now finished on the first friendship house and Travis Flood, Friendship House director, and his family are now set to call the site at 7th and Pottenger their home.

Moving a trained staff member into a neighborhood is a good example of how a Friendship House — and future ones — intend to serve the community. Flood and his family will become a resource for their neighbors.

It will feature a community room where neighborhood meetings and after school programs can be held.

The kicker, of course, is that it immerses Flood and his family into that neighborhood. They will then have a stake in what goes on there –– a personal investment.

In May, Community Renewal Director Brandon Dyer announced Michael Phillips will be the new coordinator for the second house at Main and Bryan. He and his wife, Jessica, and their three sons are set to move into the unique neighborhood resource once it's built.

Community Renewal Pottawatomie County’s office is at 1000 N. Kickapoo.

To learn more, join in or make a donation, visit Community Renewal Shawnee, OK on Facebook, visit http://communityrenewal.org or call (405) 273-1035.