Published on February 08, 2022 at 11:55 am
Christmas came early for the South Bethlehem neighborhood at a reception held at the Northampton Community College Fowler Southside Center at 511 E. Third St on Dec. 14.
Community and neighborhood leaders, business owners, Bethlehem city officials, as well as area foundations and non-profit organizations celebrated 20 years of Southside Vision and announced “Southside’s Tomorrow” , a new neighborhood partnership program.
Housing affordability and quality, investment in public and green spaces, and the creation of a collective community identity are targeted goals.
Mike Keim of Univest Bank and Trust presented Dawn Godshall, Executive Director of Community Action Lehigh Valley, with a check for $600,000 representing the total funding Univest has pledged to provide over the next six years.
“We are honored to contribute to this important initiative. We look forward to the positive impact that will be made through this targeted community development,” Keim said.
Other corporate investors pledging annual funding commitments include Embassy Bank for the Lehigh Valley for $75,000, People’s Security and Trust for $50,000, PPL Electric Utilities for $50,000 and Provident Bank for $50,000.
ArtsQuest is another major community partner and key stakeholder in the Southside.
“Our partners help us deliver business development, community development and housing advocacy,” Godshall said in expressing his gratitude for the support.
Bethlehem Mayor-elect William Reynolds praised the organization for developing a model for other entities to follow for the betterment of the community.
“Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem (CADCB) seeks to improve the quality of life in South Bethlehem and Northside 2027 neighborhoods by empowering residents and expanding economic opportunities through entrepreneurship training, rehabilitation and housing advocacy, and community development projects,” said board member Donna. Taggart.
“It brought me a lot of pride and joy,” said Yadira Colon-Lopez, CADCB Director, looking back on two decades of community progress. “As we look to the next six years, I know we are not starting from scratch. We build on the things that have been put in place over the last 20 years.
Southside businesses Hero’s Kafe, Jenny’s Kuali, Lupita and Dunkin Donuts provided refreshments.
Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem (CADCB) is an affiliate of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley.
For more information visit www.cadcb.org
Press Photos by Ed Courrier Front left, Mike Keim of Univest presents Dawn Godshall, Executive Director of Community Action Lehigh Valley, with a check for $600,000 for a new neighborhood partnership program. Behind them, left to right, are Elizabeth Roush, Marcus Pereira, Pete Reinke and Steve Patterson of Univest, Mayor-elect William Reynolds and CADCB Director Yadira Colon-Lopez.
Community Action Lehigh Valley Executive Director Dawn Godshall describes the need for affordable housing for the South Side.
Irene Torres of South Side Lofts and Janine Santoro. Formerly of the South Branch of the Bethlehem Area Public Library, Santoro began her new job at City Hall as Director of Equity and Inclusion in January.
Anne and Craig Evans sample ethnic fare at Southside Vision’s anniversary event on December 14. Anne is a member of the CBDC Board of Directors and her husband is a volunteer with the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission.
Evelyn Leon and her daughter, Councilwoman Rachel Leon, get empanadas from Xavier Martinez and Daniela Torres of Hero’s Kafe on Research Drive. Hero’s Kafe specializes in South American cuisine.
Michalina Modzelewska and Jenny Lim of Jenny’s Kuali on Fourth Street are ready to serve samples of steamed pork dumplings and other Malaysian and vegetarian dishes.
Michelle Nuñez and her mother Rafaela Nuñez de Lupita provided beef tacos for the evening celebration. The Mexican restaurant is located on West Fourth Street.
CADCB Community Organizer Delia Marrero mans the information table.
“We build on the things that have been put in place over the last 20 years.” says Yadira Colon-Lopez, Director of CADCB.