The Homewood area of Pittsburgh, PA has been plagued in recent years with gun violence. But the number one what-I-would-change-if-I-could answer from residents is abandoned properties. Homewood is painted all over, in broad strokes, with swaths of empty lots and blighted homes.
John Wallace, a professor who’s spent more than two years planning the Homewood Children’s Village, has presented a proposal modeled after the Harlem Children’s Village to provide comprehensive social services to neighborhood. The zone would provide educational, medical and social services to children and adults in a 100-block area.
This short documentary was filmed over two months in the neighborhood. It follows residents, children, and other leaders as they discuss the challenges ahead and the hope for the future.
Homewood Children’s Village Board of Directors
Homewood Children’s Village Leadership Committee and Staff
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Operation Better Block
The people and residents of Homewood
Director/Production – Glyph Media
The Glyph Media Group is a computer-based interactive multimedia design firm specializing in Internet Web Sites, CD-ROM, and corporate communications. Glyph’s strength lies in developing creative concepts, designing engaging programs and delivering memorable marketing messages. Glyph takes a consultative approach to marketing which allows our clients the ability to leverage investments in multimedia across enterprise-wide communications.
Glyph Media was founded in 1990 with the sole intention of creating interactive multimedia for corporate and entertainment communications. The Glyph team brings a wealth of knowledge from its’ consulting, marketing, programming, and design skills background to every project.
Producer/Funding Partner – The Pittsburgh Foundation
Established in 1945, The Pittsburgh Foundation is one of the nation’s oldest community foundations and is the 15th largest of more than 700 community foundations across the United States.
As a community foundation, our resources comprise endowment funds established by individuals, businesses and organizations with a passion for charitable giving and a deep commitment to the Pittsburgh community. The Foundation currently has more than 1,300 individual donor funds and, together with its supporting organizations, assets of nearly $600 million (at December 31, 2009). Grantmaking benefits a broad spectrum of community life within Pittsburgh and beyond
The Foundation has strengthened is focus on community and the positive impact it strives to achieve through its grantmaking, the engagement of its donors in critical regional issues and its activities around convening and leadership, in collaboration with funding and civic partners.