TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - A Spring Festival and Resource Fair at the Richey School in midtown Tucson Saturday morning brought together tribal leaders, local businesses, law enforcement, and culture to grow a stronger community.
The event blends culture, food, fun, and community resources.
"We're here to build community, get to know our neighbors, and get to know whats out there in the community to help connect each other too," says Nadia Roubicek, part of the ASU School of Social. Roubicek works as part of a team that makes up "Thrive in the 05'" - a crime reduction initiative in collaboration with the Department of Justice. "05" refers to the neighborhoods in the 85705 zip code.
“When you walk around here you see people from all walks of life; different churches, different tribes, different communities, the fire department, the police department. They are all together in this same space for the same season, which is really just to lift this community.”
"This is a great opportunity to get people out talking," says Mary Ellen Brown, Director of the Thrive In the 05' Crime Reduction team. "We get people connected to resources and opportunities that they might not know about."
Resources like helping low income families pay utility bills, or help with childcare, but it is also a time to relax, chat, and enjoy meeting neighbors.
"This is really the kind of event that contributes to community pride, a sense of community," says Ward 3 councilman Paul Durham. "I think this is finally the thing that may bring lots of progress to the 05 zip code."
Organizers say this spring event is three times the size of their fall festival.
For more information on Thrive in the 05, please visit their website.