Azusa has always been my home. The more I get involved in my community, the more I realize how caring and genuine my neighbors are. One of my favorite childhood memories in Azusa is my old neighbor inviting all of the kids on our block to her house to have “painting class”. She volunteered her time and provided all the supplies, so we had something safe and productive to do after school and during the summer. I cannot remember a time when this neighbor was not giving of herself to every family on our block. When she was not teaching us to paint, she was sitting on her lawn chair outside of her house watching over us kids while we played.
Having someone who was so invested in her neighbors was the best example of true community I have ever experienced. It is important to create safe, genuine spaces like this within our city for children so they learn how important they are to our community. The more familiar we are with those who live around us, the deeper our connection will be to one another. Neighbors like that exist all over our city, we just have to take the time to find them and begin developing these types of relationships.