At Seeds of Promise, our main goal is to empower residents in the community to be leaders and to be self-sustaining.  We want to share with you some of the stories of community residents we have worked with who are helping to execute change in their community. Check back every other week for a new story! 

Meet Paula Collier, Host Neighbor

“I have been a Host Neighbor for the Seeds of Promise community for almost five years, but have lived in the community for over 40 years.  I discovered Seeds of Promise when I was seeking help with a house on my street that was being used for illegal activity.  One day, I got on the phone with a staff member, who engaged with me on the process that would be necessary to deal with this type of problem.  Shortly thereafter, the police became more engaged, the landlord was influenced to do something about the property, and the individuals in the house were eventually evicted.

Seeds of Promise has taught me that I have options as a resident of this community, and has given me a voice to use to usher change.  I now volunteer with Seeds of Promise, because I wanted to let every resident know that they can use their voice by getting engaged in the community around them, and they can truly make a difference.  Seeds of Promise is creating an opportunity for individuals to collaborate, network, and learn new skills that will empower them to find their sources of sustainability.  I’ve learned the importance of showing individuals their options instead of just continuing to use an exhausted source of government programs.

Seeds offered me a career in learning the operations of the community. It showed me how to find success and freedom right where I am.  Seeds of Promise has made a great difference in the community, and I plan to continue serving as a Host Neighbor, doing my part to create a sustainable community for everyone.  Seeds of Promise deserves an APPLAUSE for all the tireless work they are continuing to do in the community!”

Paula also developed the “Southtown’s Sustainable Women” initiative, which focuses on empowering women in the community to successfully create sustainable lifestyles.