We at GHCC were so pleased to hear that one of our former AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteers, Stephanie Allewalt, was recently nominated by Shelterforce as one of the nation’s top six leaders in community development.
Published by the National Housing Institute (NHI), Shelterforce is considered the nation’s oldest “continually published” housing and community development magazine. In honor of the magazine’s 36th anniversary, NHI placed a call for nominations to recognize leaders age 36 and under in community development. Stephanie was selected as one of “6 Under 36” for her work as a Neighborhood Planner.
In 2004, Stephanie traveled to Baltimore from Milwaukee to work for GHCC’s Neighborhood Programs. “Following graduation from college, I sought to be a part of city planning and neighborhood development efforts taking place outside the Midwest,” she says. “I had long heard about the benefits of becoming an AmeriCorps*VISTA, so I applied to three sites across the country. The position with GHCC’s Neighborhood Programs was the ideal fit, and I was thrilled to join the organization.”
After finishing her VISTA year, Stephanie went on to pursue a degree in Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now works for Agape Community Center, a leading non-profit organization serving nine neighborhoods in the northwest side of Milwaukee.
“My time with GHCC left an indelible mark on my heart for all things related to neighborhood revitalization. Working with Barclay, Better Waverly, Remington, and Waverly (in particular) introduced me to the beautiful intricacies that surface when fostering neighborhood change. When I think back to my experience as a VISTA, I am reminded how greatly my professional path has been shaped as a result of my time in Baltimore,” she says.
Congratulations Stephanie! We are so proud of you!!
Image courtesy of David Schalliol.