Bedford Collab

Bedford Collab

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“Now they have someone who’s backing them, giving them the opportunity to grow from their house into their own business.”

Community Neighbor & Business owner

Formerly the Bedford Tavern, this abandoned building is being turned into a kitchen space for local businesses that need a professional kitchen. The second floor of the building will be a positive space for local entrepreneurs to use to come together, connect, create, and grow their businesses. Community One is empowering a neighbor with a vision to make a change in his neighborhood through active investment in an area that has been disinvested.

“For the community, it means space for entrepreneurs who have not been able to go the traditional route in getting their business off the ground. The Bedford Collab just removes all those obstacles. Now they have someone who’s backing them, giving them the opportunity to grow from their house into their own business.” – Community Neighbor & Business Owner.


About Community One

Community One connects and mobilizes neighbors across Evansville to serve one another through tangible acts of love. Community One brings neighbors together and addresses tangible neighborhood needs through neighborhood revitalization and home repairs and whole-house rehabs.


Learn more about Welborn Baptist Foundation’s Christ-Centered Living Impact Area

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Natalie’s Story*

Natalie’s Story*

This is a tangible picutre of flourishing in the community, moving from chaos to order.

Picking up trash and cleaning up the neighborhood was a priority for Natalie, one of the Tepe Park neighbors. So, the community launched their first ever Dumpster Day, in partnership with Republic Services (who donated dumpsters). Around 4,800 pounds of trash were picked up in one day. One Tepe Park neighbor in particular had a lot of heavy trash. She was able to get rid of it all during Dumpster Day. Now, she and her family can finally sit out on their porch. This is a tangible picture of flourishing in the community, moving from chaos to order.

*Names have been changed to protect community members’ identities.


About Community One

Community One connects and mobilizes neighbors across Evansville to serve one another through tangible acts of love. Community One brings neighbors together and addresses tangible neighborhood needs through neighborhood revitalization and home repairs and whole-house rehabs.


Learn more about Welborn Baptist Foundation’s Christ-Centered Living

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Katrina’s Story*

Katrina’s Story*

Community One acquired an abandoned rental house through their whole-house rehab program. Alongside volunteers and partners, Community One gutted the house and restored it to a safe and affordable home. Katrina was renting in the neighborhood. As she saw the work being done on the house and the energy around change in Tepe Park, she decided she wanted to make an intentional decision to stay in the community permanently by purchasing the restored home.

*Names have been changed to protect community members’ identities.


About Community One

Community One connects and mobilizes neighbors across Evansville to serve one another through tangible acts of love. Community One brings neighbors together and addresses tangible neighborhood needs through neighborhood revitalization and home repairs and whole-house rehabs.


Learn more about Welborn Baptist Foundation’s Christ-Centered Living

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Will’s Story*

Will’s Story

Now, Will is more connected to Tepe Park…

Community One held an art pop-up next to what appeared to be an abandoned house. During the pop-up, staff got to meet Will, the neighbor who lived there. Will was interested in art, and staff encouraged him to apply for Community One’s Early Action Project to paint a mural on his house. Staff also connected Will to their home repair program to replace his roof. All this became a catalyst for Will to start working on repairs himself (e.g., porch) before he received the new roof and art funding. Now, Will is more connected to Tepe Park and was one of the first residents to reply when Community One tested Tepe Park’s SMS texting.

*Names have been changed to protect community members’ identities.


About Community One

Community One connects and mobilizes neighbors across Evansville to serve one another through tangible acts of love. Community One brings neighbors together and addresses tangible neighborhood needs through neighborhood revitalization and home repairs and whole-house rehabs.


Learn more about Welborn Baptist Foundation’s Christ-Centered Living Impact Area

Impact Stories
CCL | Christ-Centered Living | Community One | Impact Story