The idea for One Week, One Street began in February of 2012 as Tamara Klida and her son were preparing for a week-long mission trip that summer to Nashville with the Auburn United Methodist Church youth group. On a drive to Saginaw High to watch a basketball game she was dramatically affected by the blight as she drove through East Saginaw. She felt the Holy Spirit call her to do something about it by organizing a mission trip in the city of Saginaw. Driven by the command to “Love your neighbor as yourself” and inspired by the parable that follows of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:27-37, the One Week, One Street mission project was started with the assistance of her daughter, Julia. As a location and partner for the project was being prayerfully sought, Tamara met Pastor Roy Baldwin, Pastor of New Beginnings Deliverance Ministry, and Arshen Baldwin at a informational grant meeting at the Saginaw Community Foundation. Pastor Roy shared that several years prior he had written a vision for his church and neighborhood that matched the vision Tamara was given. Prayers were answered as they talked and felt God’s leading to partner together.
One Week, One Street is an annual urban revitalization effort to encourage, hope, pride and love for our neighbor by utilizing volunteers and donations from the Great Lakes Bay Region churches, businesses, and other non-profit organizations.
Our project, “One Week, One Street”, began with an idea to organize a one week local mission project to help meet the needs of people in Saginaw using volunteers from churches in the Great Lakes Bay Region. This effort is accomplished through a yearly week-long revitalization effort which takes place the third week of June. Over the past three years we have successfully collaborated with over 20 churches, and many businesses, community organizations, and non-profits. We believe that the region cares about Saginaw and its residents and by pooling resources and collaborating with existing organizations, we can make a difference.
One Week, One Street is a community service project which serves urban areas by improving the quality of life for the residents through neighborhood revitalization efforts. Our main goals are to:
- create a sense of hope for a better future
- have residents feel cared for by their surrounding community
- develop pride in their neighborhood
- reduce blight, crime, and violence
- improve the physical landscape
- develop partnerships with area churches, community organizations, businesses, and law enforcement