Released 27 June 2012
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CHANGING A NEIGHBORHOOD!
South Marshall Street Block Party Another Huge Success!
HARTFORD – On Wednesday, June 27th, the 9th Annual South Marshall Street Block Party joined a community in fun and fellowship. Nearly 500 residents attended, excited to enjoy the beautiful weather and numerous activities. The Salvation Army’s Marshall House, neighborhood organizations, and many volunteers, with special thanks to The Hartford Project, teamed up to host another fun-filled event, sponsored by the Greater Hartford Arts Council and South Marshall Interfaith Coalition. Contributions from Aetna and the Little Angels Program to the City of Hartford Police and Fire Departments, reinforced widespread recognition for how this event benefits the neighborhood. Great food, ice-cold refreshments, and various crafts, games and prizes, and activities were offered, in addition to local entertainment, including traditional cultural music and dance performed by neighborhood Karen refugees.
Captain Brian Thomas from The Salvation Army’s North End Corps masterfully emceed the event at an exciting pace. A nonstop schedule of talented acts kept attendees clapping and captivated, including singers, bands, poetry, a balloon artist, and more. Bicycles were distributed throughout to many thankful children and snow cones, popcorn, and cotton candy had steady lines of eager eaters. With games, snacks, and information tables in between, at one end the bouncy castle and fire truck were popular additions, while at the other, picnic food, as well as a Burmese rice dish, filled residents’ stomachs. Everywhere there were happy children and families, laughing and talking to one another like one big family, grateful for this event that many hands and God helped make possible.
The Salvation Army’s Marshall House, the event’s founder, has existed on 225 South Marshall Street for over 20 years. Its Family Shelter provides temporary sheltering and counseling for families, single women, and children. Another partner, Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, is also busy transforming South Marshall Street. Its sixteen-house build is the largest, most-concentrated project it has ever undertaken, with completion expected summer 2013. Also involved in the event and neighborhood year-round, Catholic Charities offers a variety of migration, refugee, and immigration services. They have extensive resettlement experience with refugees, including the Karen community.