Revitalization 2000, Inc.

 
 
Revitalization 2000, Inc.
Serving the Ville neighborhood of north St. Louis
 
Our Mission
  We collaborate with residents, government, church, schools, and businesses to revitalize and empower our Ville neighborhood.

 

Revitalization 2000, Inc. (R2K) is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation that serves the residents of the Ville neighborhood. We oversee programs that combine community building, learning, mentoring, and income earning for neighborhood youth. We operate Claver House, home for a service-based residence community and host to university students from across the country participating in weekend, spring break, and summer service internship programs.  These represent a visible statement of our commitment to the Ville. They engender hope within this neighborhood that is too often neglected or written off.  Our activities and collaborations build relationships within and beyond the Ville, linking residents, schools, churches, and organizations to those inside and outside the neighborhood. We do this to build trust and thereby to open doors to empowering educational and work opportunities.


A small neighborhood occupying less than one square mile, the Ville has a big reputation and a long history. Originally an area housing mostly German and Irish immigrants, by World War II the Ville became the center of the African American middle class in St. Louis, in no small part the result of the presence of Homer G. Phillips, the former city-owned hospital that housed a high level medical training facility and served the neighborhood.

But times were changing. By 1950 the residential mix of The Ville had increased to 95 percent African American, with many of these people renting from white owners who had moved to the suburbs. The neighborhood experienced a long and serious decay, and then in 1979 the City of St. Louis closed Homer G. 

Today drug dealers and gang related violence in the Ville are major issues. Youth experience strong-armed peer pressures to become involved in crime. These problems stem from an unpleasant history of racial injustice and poor policies in St. Louis. The problem is region-induced, and the solution requires regional support. Residents want their lives and their neighborhood to change. We believe in their ability to do so if given the opportunity. Our goal is to collaboratively build bridges of trust and opportunity across the cultural boundaries. In so doing we can help empower the people of the Ville. 

 

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