At the core of everything we do is the community, and we love getting out and about to participate in various events. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the community events that we’ve been part of over the past few weeks, including a fun, family-friendly event at The Village at Washington Terrace.

Drying-In Event at Milner Commons

Our team recently celebrated another milestone in the transformation of Milner Presbyterian Church to Milner Commons: the Milner Commons Drying-In ceremony, hosted by Blum Construction, BrightSpire, Cline Design Associates, and Kimley-Horn

A drying-in event is a ceremony that celebrates all of the heavy lifting that workers have done out at a job site to start the finishing of a project. 

Speaking at the ceremony, DHIC Senior Project Manager, Kayla Rosenberg Strampe, said, “Nearly one year ago, we stood here and said goodbye to Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church, which provided shelter for the congregation that worshipped there for nearly 70 years. Today in its place, we see the beginnings of 156 apartment homes for seniors, that will provide affordable shelter along the future New Bern Avenue Rapid Bus Transit Corridor.”

Hardee Street Groundbreaking in Durham

Breaking ground at the future Hardee Street Apartments

On September 20th, we gathered with city leaders for the groundbreaking of the Hardee Street Apartments in Durham. The complex, which will consist of 132 apartments for families, will provide an affordable housing option for residents in the area who have been displaced by rapidly increasing rent prices. 

The Hardee Street Apartments are expected to be completed by 2025 and are being co-developed by Self-Help

Strategic Plan Retreat

Members of our staff recently went on a retreat to talk more about our 2023-2025 Strategic Plan and ways that we can continue making strides toward accomplishing the goals outlined in the plan. 

It was a great opportunity for us to get together without day-to-day distractions to focus on our path forward as an organization. We look forward to sharing more about what we’re implementing to achieve our goals in the coming months. 

Washington Terrace Harvest Stroll

On October 28th, The Village at Washington Terrace held its annual Harvest Stroll event, hosted by The Sunshine Committee. 

The Committee consists of 5 Neighborhood Ambassadors who were selected to lead activities that bring the community together and promote community safety. This particular event was designed to give children at The Village at Washington Terrace a safe place to celebrate the holiday and encourage cross-generational interactions with Seniors from Booker Park North and Booker Park South

The Harvest Stroll began with children in their costumes “strolling” over to Booker Park North and Booker Park South to deliver candy to seniors living in these neighboring communities. The children knocked on the door of each senior to share a bag of treats and spread harvest cheer before they headed back to The Village at Washington Terrace clubhouse for more fun. 

The festivities included: 

  • Delicious food
  • Music
  • Arts and crafts
  • A dance contest
  • Games

There was also a judged costume contest for the following categories: cutest, funniest, most creative, most realistic, and coolest handmade costume. The winners walked away with terrific prizes!