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Ms. Becky Forrest

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Board Member

Phone: (816) ***-****  HQ Phone
Swope Community Builders
4001 Blue Parkway
Kansas City, Missouri 64130
United States

Company Description: Nationally recognized as a catalyst for comprehensive development projects, civic investment and building social networks, Swope Community Builders' (SCB)...   more
Background

Employment History

  • President
    Town Fork Creek Neighborhood Association

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Web References
Ms. Becky ...
www.swopecommunitybuilders.org, 7 Jan 2014 [cached]
Ms. Becky Forrest Director since 2004
President, Town Fork Creek Neighborhood Association.
Brush Creek Community Partners-The Board
www.bccp.org, 11 Sept 2012 [cached]
Becky Forrest President Town Fork Creek Neighborhood Association
Swope Community Builders - Board Directors
www.swopecommunitybuilders.org, 5 Dec 2012 [cached]
Ms. Becky Forrest Director since Sept 2004
President, Town Fork Creek Neighborhood Association.
I never knew things like this ...
www.kansascity.com, 18 Sept 2013 [cached]
I never knew things like this can happen, said Becky Forrest, president of the Town Fork Creek Neighborhood Association.
Graceland School had been ...
www.bccp.org, 1 Jan 2012 [cached]
Graceland School had been closed for seven years prior to its purchase. (Also in this issue, Town Fork Creek Neighborhood Association President Becky Forrest discusses the significance of the school's reuse to the community.)
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That makes Becky Forrest doubly proud these days to be able to report Town Fork Creek is on the upswing.
Becky Forrest
The neighborhood, bounded by 47th and 63rd Streets, Prospect Avenue and Swope Parkway, faces many of the same challenges of other neighborhoods. According to the long-time president, "blight, low-income, a feeling of helplessness" are all problems. In addition, she says many of the neighborhood's residents are elderly. That means they don't have email and aren't able to go outside the neighborhood to places where services are provided.
"A lot of them don't have transportation, so we need to bring services to them" Forrest says.
The neighborhood recently got a huge boost, however. "Finally, after all these years," Forrest says. Last fall, the nonprofit Swope Corridor Renaissance/The Upper Room, Inc. acquired the Graceland School, 2803 East 51st Street, one of 30 schools closed and put for sale by the Kansas City, Missouri School District. "It gives me a push to do better. I see what can happen and it's all worth it," she says.
The Upper Room has partnered with Town Fork Creek and the Blue Hills neighborhood to create a community center in Graceland where the Upper Room can provide its programs and the neighborhoods can bring together residents to work on various projects.
Even before moving into the community center, Forrest says the partnership is paying off. Last fall, the partners held a health fair and people in Town Fort Creek were able to get blood pressure screenings, access to student nurses and dentists, and vital health information. She can only imagine how the neighborhood can improve as this continues.
One thing she hopes is that the opening of the community center in Graceland School will lead many of the younger people in the neighborhood to get involved. She sees them coming into the center for activities, classes and meals.
Forrest has been a member of Brush Creek Community Partners' Board of Directors since November 2010. She looks forward to having people come into her neighborhood and see all the positive elements. Instead of hearing crime reports on the news, she hopes others will be able to see what she sees, an area where people know their neighbors and feel like a community. She especially looks forward to being able to host a Brush Creek Community Partners board meeting in the center so that more people in her neighborhood can hear about BCCP's work.
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