September 2016 – On August 17th, at a public ceremony at beautiful Gibson Park in the heart of Overtown, the Overtown Council for the Common Good announced $600,000 to the Overtown Children and Youth Coalition to help build its organizational capacity and improve outcomes for the community’s children and youth. The event was attended by over 100 residents, community leaders, county and city representatives, business leaders, funders and other stakeholders. Miguel Milanes spoke about the history of Allegany Franciscan Ministries and the Common Good Initiative and Dr. Peter Gorski welcomed participants on behalf of Allegany’s board. Common Good Initiative council member Stephanie van Vark moderated the event and council member Donnie Hale, Jr. described the progress the initiative is making towards identified community priorities, including high quality employment, youth opportunities and community voices. Coalition board members, Saliha Nelson and Tina Brown, provided and overview of the organization’s master plan and presented a plaque to Allegany for this most significant investment in their efforts.
Allegany Franciscan Ministries launched the Common Good Initiative in the community of Overtown in June 2014. The goal of the initiative is to work with residents and stakeholders to create opportunities, develop strategies, and make investments that lead to positive health outcomes. With the support of Allegany staff, the initiative is being implemented by the Council for the Common Good, a group of dedicated volunteers, residents and other stakeholders committed to creating an Overtown that is healthier, safer, and more prosperous.