Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil
is the Executive Assistant and Development Director for the Sallie Crenshaw Bethlehem Center shown above. The Bethlehem Center says:
People need hope, but people in the deep despair found in most inner city communities also need something concrete to hang onto while hope finds its way into their lives. Consequently, the Beth offers “hope with handles” by combining the promise of God’s Word with empowering programs providing people the tools and means to help change their own lives and break free of the hopeless despair of poverty, illiteracy, and spiritual deprivation.
At The Beth we are Passionate about…
...Making a long-term, sustainable, positive impact on the lives of children, youth and their families.
…Taking a holistic approach that incorporates the spiritual dimension into personal and family well-being, growth.
…Creating healthy families, developing young leaders with
THE BETHLEHEM CENTER DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE BASED ON RACE, COLOR, RELIGION,
GENDER, DISABILITY, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN
This story focuses on Tallman-Gazaway’s work with both the Bethlehem Center’s community garden and with The Sierra Club-Cherokee Chapter.
Both Tallman-Gazaway and Coach Lurone Jennings tell of the “Guardians” of The Beth’s Community Garden and how oranges were distributed from Beth’s farm stand for $.25 each and how children and seniors love The Beth’s Community Garden. Coach Jennings
adds that he hopes to obtain a grant to build raised bed gardens for other people who live in the Alton Park Community.
For Tallman-Gazaway the lack of access to groceries and produce for the people who live on the South and East Sides of Chattanooga is quite concerning. She says that if you ask residents from these communities what they would like to see most they would respond that to have a grocery store to serve their communities’ needs is most important. She hopes that the Robert Wood Johnson Grant recently awarded for these two urban neighborhoods will help to establish markets to provide fresh, healthy produce to these communities.
In 2005, Tallman-Gazaway served as a founding member of the Sierra Club-Cherokee Chapter, an organization that promotes sustainability for the sake of our environment. The organization holds workshops to educate citizens about how to integrate renewable resources into our lives. Last month the Cherokee Group presented a DYI Solar Workshop where participants soldered together parts for solar panels at a cost of $150.
On Monday, August 30, 2010 the Cherokee Sierra Club will hold a workshop on utilizing geothermal energy to heat and cool you home. Here is the write-up about this upcoming Cherokee Sierra Club event:
Geothermal Aaron Parson & Kris Kettle of Engineered Service Cooperative
at GreenSpaces, 63 E. Main Street, Chattanooga.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems use the earth’s relatively constant temperature to provide heating, cooling and water heating for homes and commercial buildings.Sometimes referred to as Ground Source heat pumps, geothermal systems are can be installed vertically, horizontally, and even in an existing pond or lake. The type chosen depends on available land area at the installation site.
The basic concept behind geothermal systems is much simpler than many people expect. Because the ground stays at a relatively constant temperature below a depth of two feet, it is a reservoir of heat in the winter and heat sink in the summer. A Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP) conducts water through a pipe buried in the ground, naturally warming your house in the winter and naturally cooling it in the summer. Very little energy is needed to keep your house at the same temperature you have your thermostat set to right now.
Geothermal HVAC systems are the most efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly systems available today. Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) often have much lower operating costs than standard heating and air-conditioning systems. According to the Office of Geothermal Technologies, a 1,500 square foot house can have energy costs as low as $1 a day.
Come with your questions! The public is always very welcome; great refreshments will be served after the program.
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