Tulsa’s Growing Together Joins Purpose Built Communities Network

Growing Together is the 14th Network Member Nationally and the First in Oklahoma

Atlanta, GA – Purpose Built Communities recently welcomed Growing Together, the community quarterback of a neighborhood transformation in Tulsa, OK, as its 14th Network Member nationally. Growing Together’s work is focused on the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood, where they are working with partners to implement mixed-income housing, a cradle-to-college education pipeline and community wellness, following the Purpose Built Communities Model to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty.

“Growing Together has forged the kinds of strong, cross-sectoral partnerships that lead to breakthrough outcomes for children and families and we are excited to welcome them to our Network,” said David Edwards, CEO of Purpose Built Communities.”

“We are delighted to join other outstanding community developers in the Purpose Built Communities Network,” said Josh Miller, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Growing Together. “Purpose Built Communities’ staff has been vital to our efforts and we look forward to working with them and the community in the years to come to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty here in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood.”

Growing Together is the most robust place-based effort of its kind in Tulsa to date. It started as an initiative of the Community Action Project of Tulsa in 2010 and became its own separate entity in 2014. Growing Together recently completed a holistic strategic planning process to set the stage for its work over the next 3 years.  The plan identified three major areas of work for the organization: high quality education, community vibrancy, and mixed income neighborhoods.  As a result of the reinvigorated strategic direction and its work with Purpose Built Communities, Growing Together has revamped its organizational structure and processes to execute its work in a more efficient and accelerated manner.

About Purpose Built Communities:

Purpose Built Communities, a nonprofit consulting firm that offers its services free of charge, helps local leaders organizations implement a comprehensive, long-term place-based redevelopment model with public and private partners in neighborhoods of concentrated urban poverty to create healthy, vibrant neighborhoods where all residents can reach their full potential. The Purpose Built Model includes mixed-income housing, a cradle-to-college education pipeline and community wellness programs and facilities in a defined neighborhood, coordinated by a dedicated, nonprofit community quarterback organization. There are now 14 Purpose Built Communities Network Members across the United States.

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