In collaboration with partner organizations and local leaders, Boston-Thurmond United plans to offer high-quality, affordable single-family and multi-family housing surrounded by safe walkways and streets. Initial programs will focus on revitalization of single-family housing for existing homeowners and new construction on vacant or abandoned lots.


In partnership with local schools, Boston-Thurmond United will establish an active community environment for student growth, learning and achievement, starting at birth. Early work will focus on Cook Literacy Model School and Kimberley Park Elementary School and ensure that neighborhood students succeed in the rigorous curriculum at Paisley IB Magnet School. Concurrently, we will pursue options for an early childhood learning center to serve the neighborhood.


Alongside residents, Boston-Thurmond United aims to provide a mix of facilities, programs and services that honor local history, reflect the priorities of residents, promote healthy lifestyles and reduce crime.

Economic Empowerment

Boston-Thurmond United will work with local partners to provide access to job training, entrepreneurship opportunities and jobs within the broader Winston-Salem economy. Additionally, the organization will work with community partners to provide financial literacy training for youth and adults.

Striving to create a vibrant neighborhood that honors its rich history and expands the opportunities.

Boston-Thurmond, just north of downtown Winston-Salem, has a rich history as one of the city’s first residential neighborhoods built for tobacco and textile factory workers. Small rental houses were first constructed in the late 1890s. By the 1920s and ‘30s, the area was flourishing, with more prosperous workers buying larger homes, and neighborhood shops, restaurants and churches spread throughout.

In the early 1960s, a new highway, University Parkway, essentially bisected the neighborhood, disrupting healthy neighborhood growth and forcing the loss of many homes and neighborhood businesses. In the intervening decades, the poverty rate soared. The area is a food desert, local schools have significant achievement gaps and economic investments have dwindled.

Despite these challenges, there is a strong sense of pride in the neighborhood. With economic investment steadily increasing in nearby areas, the neighborhood wants to maintain its historical character and ensure that residents benefit from growth.