Posts Tagged ‘Avalon Village’

You Are the Village

Mama Shu, Highland Park Mayor Yopp, and community youth cut the ribbon on Avalon Village’s Homework House –September 23rd, 2016 September 23, 2016 was a big day for us. An emotional day. It was Jakobi RA’s ancestor date – the anniversary of the death of Mama Shu’s 2 year old son – who was killed […]

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Ellen DeGeneres Gifts Mama Shu a New House!

We are a bit overwhelmed after a whirlwind start to the week that included an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres show! The show, which airs on NBC stations nationwide, is watched by close to 4 million people per episode! 4 million people! What an incredible opportunity! To top it off, Ellen has tens of millions […]

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Mama Shu on The Ellen Show 9/14!

Dear Villagers, Can you believe how far we’ve come? From an abandoned block littered with mattresses and one woman’s determination to make a difference… to captivating the hearts and minds of thousands across the country with a simple message: Let’s Transform Blight to Beauty! Next Wednesday, September 14, at 3pm EST (check your local listings), Mama […]

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You’re Invited to our Grand Opening!

Dear Villagers, You are cordially invited to a weekend of celebration and community-building as we officially open the Homework House at the Avalon Village to the world with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, concert, community events and more! Each day will feature different events celebrating the newly renovated Jakobi RA Park, the Homework House, and more: Friday […]

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My, How We Danced

We are all dancing through life; some of us gracefully, some struggling to find our rhythm. But with each step and twist and turn and toss of our hands, we are making our way. On Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, hundreds of us gathered in the village to dance together and celebrate the life of Mama Shu’s […]

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Can’t ‘Contain’ Our Excitement!

  A BIG delivery rolled up to The Avalon Village this week. Two big deliveries, to be exact. Our shipping containers have arrived! They are the building blocks for The Goddess Marketplace, an economic development initiative for women, that’s now closer to reality than ever before. It was such an exciting moment when the truck […]

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Humanitarian of the Year!

Mama Shu (center) poses with eWomen Network Founder Sandra Yancey (left) upon receiving the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award We are proud to say The Avalon Village is now an award-winning project. This past week, we traveled to Dallas, Texas to share our story with hundreds of passionate, entrepreneurial women from across the US […]

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A gift for you.

This blog was originally posted on our Kickstarter campaign. Dear Villagers, When we started this campaign to transform blight into beauty, we thought long and hard about how to share the excitement of Avalon Village with you, our backers. Words sometimes don’t do justice to that deep feeling of empowerment that so many people experience […]

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Tonight on CBS Evening News

This blog was originally posted on our Kickstarter campaign. Dear Villagers, We’ve got some exciting news… Mama Shu is scheduled to appear on CBS Evening News tonight at 6:30pm EST! She was interviewed by Steve Hartman, who visited the village this week and met the village crew. We had a blast! The Avalon Village team is […]

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I just want to thank you.

This blog was originally posted on our Kickstarter campaign. Dear Villagers, The Avalon Village is becoming a reality! This morning, at 6:04am, we leaped across the finish line together with $243,691 raised from 1,511 backers – exceeding our goal by $1,791. We did it. Together.  This dream of building a safe space for our children and neighbors […]

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