The market, the only grocer in unincorporated North Richmond that does not sell alcohol, is on the community’s main corridor and is frequented by children walking home from the nearby Verde Elementary School. Beautifying the exterior of one of North Richmond’s most prominent buildings will send a clear signal that residents and volunteers care for their community - a signal that is particularly important in one of the Bay Area’s lowest-income areas.
Residents and community members are invited to participate in the first Rancho Market Paint Party on Saturday October 28, 2017 at Rancho Market in North Richmond. Richmond Love Your Block, Contra Costa County Office of Supervisor John Gioia, and Community Housing Development Corporation encourage residents to paint the walls of Rancho Market.
This event starts at 10 AM at Rancho Market, located on 500 Market Avenue. It aims to bring North Richmond residents together to show love for a family-owned store that has been serving the community over 20 years.
Refreshments will be available for all participants.
“When I [first] came here, it was so bad I thought I wouldn’t last a year,” says Lucky Braimah, the store owner. “I thought I’d leave after three years, but people told me to stay. Where we are today, I’m really thankful for everyone that’s coming and everything that’s happening.”
The building will be pressure-washed, scraped, and puttied prior to the event. Professional Powerwashing & Maintenance of Pinole has lent their pressure-washing expertise two weeks before the event, and Kelly-Moore Paint of San Pablo has generously donated 20 gallons of paint for this event.
Rancho Market Paint Party is open to the public for all ages. No prior artistic experience is necessary. Please come in clothes and closed-toed shoes that will not be ruined by paint.
About Community Housing Development Corporation
Founded by local leaders of North Richmond in 1990, the Community Housing Development Corporation works to eliminate blight, improve housing opportunities for current and future residents, and create better economic conditions. Their mission is “to create and sustain vibrant communities that make a positive impact in people’s lives by providing high quality affordable housing and neighborhood services.”
About Contra Costa County Office of Supervisor John Gioia
The Contra Costa County Office of Supervisor John Gioia represents District 1, which includes North Richmond. They are committed to make county government effective and innovative while fighting for access to quality healthcare, environmental justice, better air quality, youth services, violence prevention, and poverty reduction.
About City of Richmond Love Your Block
Started in 2015, Richmond Love Your Block engages residents to beautify their neighborhood one block at a time. By encouraging coordination with city officials, city services, local organizations, and community members, Love Your Block aims to improve neighborhood health and safety.
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