down syndrome acceptance month

October starts a very exciting time for us! Not only are we gearing up for all things fall, pumpkins, and costume parties but, it is also Down syndrome Awareness Month.

Now, most people are aware that Down syndrome exists so, our prerogative isn’t much about making people aware as much as it is about giving people facts to make them more ACCEPTING of Down syndrome.

It is time to ditch those old textbook definitions and get in touch with TODAY’s people and what they CAN do!

We will meet some people and learn some facts throughout the month. Let’s Roll!

destination holland

September 7, 2021 7:00 pm, is the 1st official prayer date for DESTINATION HOLLAND, our official prayer team gathering.

STOP what you’re doing each Tuesday night @ 7:00 and pray with the OCB team. Pray for good health, clear minds, guidance, fundraising, our future neighbors at HOLLAND, and all the team it will take to create this space.

How can our team pray for you? Please, feel free to send us a message or email on how we can be of support to you.

office celebration

Celebrate good times. COME ON!

Last month, on July 31st, we gathered the OCB team and the community to celebrate our very own office space. Two years of working in and out of dining rooms, bedrooms, and random spaces have seen their time come and go! Of course, it’s exciting to have a dedicated and peaceful space to make phone calls, send emails, and work on blog posts but, hey! Can you believe it has been more than two years now since Our City Beautiful was founded?

It is a major God wink that we found this space because we weren’t necessarily looking for one. But, when the team even began considering the budgetary needs, we knew the space had to include Ev’ry thing… rent, utilities, wi-fi- a need that isn’t possible, in this area for a price range we needed, under $500 a month! IMPOSSIBLE!

A before look, after we had begun moving things in. Before this, this room was packed with random things.

We happened upon, The Neighborhood Co-Op, a project started by The United Methodist Church of Sanford in our community. Just before the height of the Covid-19 chaos, the church wanted to find a way to support their community using a building not in use on their property. So the dream of the church is to support the community that s supporting the community, and their answer to that dream became the co-op. They take these rooms/office spaces and rent them to local non-profits at a fraction of the cost of renting a traditional commercial space. So Y’all, we have full use of this space with utilities, wi-fi, and conference space for under $400 a month!

The After.

It took some work but, look how beautiful and peaceful. This is the place where we are going to make an amazing community happen…where it is already happening.

We are proud to be in a space surrounded by many like-minded people and organizations. One of our neighbors is The Picnic Project, a team that provides resources and food for the local homeless population. We plan to team up with them a few times throughout the year to work their “packing days” when they pack up bags of food and distribute them to the community.

Each time I walk through these doors, I am reminded how GOD is working through us, as individuals first, then as a team. Our personal relationships and our own walk of faith are what brought us to the work we are doing. It is BIG and necessary work.

If you’d like to come by to visit send us a message to schedule. We are typically in the office on Tuesday, Thursday, and sometimes Friday. Peep this photo of the corkboard for a glimpse at the tiny homes that will make up HOLLAND.

your giving supports programs

Did you know that 100% of any money you contribute to Our City Beautiful’s programs are tax-deductible? Did you know that 95% of each dollar given is put right back into our community programs? You never need to wonder what your dollar supports. The remaining 5% supports administrative costs to keep our office running. There are NO paid staff members at OCB; each person gives their time and talents, freely.

There are several easy ways to give:

PayPal: paypal.me/ourcitybeautiful

Venmo:

Check:

Our City Beautiful – P.O. Box 470743 Lake Monroe, Fl 32747

meet Faith-christina, world changer

We are THRILLED to introduce, Saint Cloud, Florida native, Faith-Christina, as the inaugural recipient of the WORLD CHANGER scholarship for higher learning. What a remarkable young lady from Central Florida who is making leaps and bounds in all areas of education, employment and community involvement.

A note from Faith-Christina…

” John F. Kennedy once said, ‘One person can make a difference and everyone should try.’ I plan on being the one person to try and make a difference. I want to show others that no matter what, TRY! You will not know what you can do unless you try. “

We will be sharing more about Faith-Christina through out the week!

River Rats fun-raiser night

Hey Neighbor! Join us for an excellent night of fun at the Sanford River Rats game, on July 9 @ 6:30 pm.

Click here to purchase your tickets and the amazing team at the River Rats will donate a portion of the proceeds to Our City Beautiful.

Catch ya there! Sanford Memorial Stadium – 12021 Mellonville Road / Sanford 32771

Sanford Memorial Stadium 12021 Mellonville Road / Sanford 32771

If you are a Self Advocate or Parent/Guardian to a self advocate and would like to join us for a night of fun, complete this form and OCB will purchase you a Seat! All other family members/friends will need to purchase their tickets using the checkout link above! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZjdMqnKbvwK9p1vxvj00irTSrj2NfMY_dzfjSD3-o7s/edit

WORLD CHANGER SCHOLARSHIP

The World Changer Scholarship was created to support individuals with Down syndrome, age 18 and older, in their pursuit of higher education. We are thrilled to welcome the first ever applicants of this scholarship in 2021.

You may find the application instructions, here. You will also find the application and scoring rubric, here.

Application acceptance will open on May 1, 2021 and commence June 1, 2021. A small selection committee of 2-4 person’s will review all applications and scholarship recipients will be notified by email of a final decision by July 1, 2021.

Recipients will be invited to a small luncheon gathering on July 17, 2021. Time and Place will be determined and announced.

If you would prefer to have a PDF version of the instructions/application, please send an email to Hope. If any other questions should arise, please do not hesitate to reach out to Hope@our-city-beautiful.com

Best of Luck, from the OCB team to all applicants!