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Persons: 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 25774
Region: Mid Atlantic

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Last Updated: October 2, 2019

We are long-time urban homesteaders committed to revitalizing our neighborhood, which is nestled along the west bank of Genesee River in southwest Rochester. We have rejuvenated over 30 homes, nurtured fruits, vegetables, flowers and bees on unused land, and have tried to breathe new life into an area in need of re-investment and community-building. Nearly every week we host a potluck dinner for friends and renters. In addition to hosting HelpX and other volunteers, we've had renters from over 40 countries, and presently (Feb.2018) we have tenants from Cameroon, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia and Uruguay, and of course throughout the United States.

HelpXers would assist us with tasks ranging from
- gardening development and maintenance at the Gandhi Institute, Lots of Food sites, Mt. Pleasant Park garden and on other reclaimed neighborhood land,
- property renovations and maintenance, as well as landscaping and yard care
- sorting through and putting to use, giving away or selling housewares, furnishings and sundries accumulated in the properties we've acquired.
- assisting us with laundry, housecleaning, furniture-moving, etc. for our furnished rental and volunteer accommodations

About the photos: Shown are a work party at the Gandhi Garden, with the partially restored house in the background of the second photo, and the completed house with mosaic front steps in the third. The lower two photos show a vacant lot (where a burned-out house had stood) that has been converted into a public flower garden between rehabbed houses.

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