January 13, 2015 Membership Meeting – Community Health Need Assessment Results

Mitch Johnson, Sr. Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Memorial Health System, and Kim Luz, Director of Community Outreach, HSHS St. John’s Hospital, presented the results of the Sangamon County Community Health Need Assessment, and in particular the initiative to improve Access to Care in the Enos Park neighborhood.

Download the presentation as a PDF…

  • For more data on Sangamon County, zip code 62702 or census tract 17167000900, go to Memorial’s website at www.choosememorial.org/healthycommunities
  • Data is available for four counties – be sure to select Sangamon in the drop-down box when you search, or sort by zip code or census tract.
  • Information on programs tried in other parts of the country is under the “Promising Practices” section.
  • Memorial does not compile this data, but contracts Healthy Communities Institute to provide it. It is available free for community use.


Contact Paula Gramley, Memorial’s community benefit program manager, at gramley.paula@mhsil.com or 788-7014.

December 9, 2014 Membership Meeting

Cookies & Conversation!

This is an important time to make decisions for the coming year as well as a chance to socialize with your neighbors and celebrate the many successes we’ve had this year.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m., December 9, 2014, at Third Presbyterian Church. Childcare will be provided.

Our December membership meeting will be our annual “Cookies and Conversation,” everyone is asked to bring a plate of Christmas cookies or other treats to share. We will be making plans for 2015 and asking people to sign up for the team they would be most interested in serving on.

In addition, we will be holding our annual elections for 2015 officers and directors. For the first time, we have more people interested in serving on the board than we have board positions, which to me is a great sign that people are excited and enthusiastic about the work that we’re doing. All dues paying members are eligible to vote, and they will receive a letter in the mail ahead of time informing them of the election with a brief biography for each candidate. Here is the list of people who have expressed an interest in serving next year.

EPNIA 2015 Officers & Directors

Officers (Choose 4)
Michelle Higginbotham, President
Dawn Mobley, Vice President
Linda Maier, Treasurer
Amber Rigor, Secretary

Directors (Choose 8)
Chris Becker, Director
Jane Buis-Henry, Director
Steve Hughes, Director
Fletcher Farrar, Director
Jack Kriel, Director
Cynthia Mehl, Director
Colin Phillips, Director
Calvin Pitts, Director
Danyel Pitts, Director
Marcus Stewart, Director

Past President (Appointed)
Owen Anderson, Director

Executive Director (Appointed)
Marilyn Piland, Executive Director

Associate Members (2) (Non-voting, Appointed)
Bill Barton, Rochester Christian Church
Betsy Dollar, Executive Director Art Association.

November 11, 2014 Membership Meeting

At tonight’s meeting we’ll be talking about plans for the salvage shop and introducing you to the new site director for the Compass program, who also happens to be a new resident of Enos Park.

We’ll also be presenting the slate of proposed board members for 2015 and taking nominations.

The meeting will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at Third Presbyterian Church. Childcare will be provided.

September 9, 2014 Membership Meeting

Tuesday, September 9, 7 p.m.
Third Presbyterian Church (corner of 7th & Bergen).

We’ll be discussing our upcoming events including a fall clean up day, launching the Compass program, the annual home tour, and our Thanksgiving pie sale.

Childcare will be provided.

August 12, 2014 Membership Meeting

Tuesday, August 10, 7 p.m.
Third Presbyterian Church (corner of 7th & Bergen).

Our Speaker will be Molly Berendt from the Family Service Center. Molly will give a presentation at the August EPNIA membership meeting and talk about plans to start a Compass Program for McClernand Elementary School.

Childcare will be provided.

August Membership Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, August 12

Neighborhood Police Officer Report

Reviewed some tenant and landlord issues that we are having in the neighborhood and discussed what the city is doing to remediate these issues. He also discussed Operation Unity, a focus effort targeting the 1000 and 1100 blocks of 4th St. and the effectiveness of this operation thus far.

Strengthening our Partnerships

Habitat for Humanity – House at 727 N. 7th will be dedicated August 17th.

Grace City Fellowship – Ryan and Dawn Mobley talked about different events coming up in the neighborhood to support neighborhood children. Brainstormed on some different ideas that could potentially happen in the neighborhood with volunteer efforts.

Citizen’s Police Academy – Starts Wednesday, August 27, this is a 10 week course for adults who are interested.

Rochester Christian Church – Recruiting volunteers for this year’s reading mentoring program at McClernand. RCC is also hosting a back to school cookout on Thursday, August 21 from 5:30-7 p.m. Parents will be able to see their child’s classroom and meet the teacher, RCC will serve food and organize the activities so the staff will be free to interact with the families who attend.

Discussion about boarding and upkeep of properties owned by the neighborhood association. Capital Township has provided two individuals through their Workforce Development program, they will pay them for 70 hours/mo. to serve as property managers for Enos Park Development. Calvin Pitts has agreed to train/supervise them.

Guest Speaker

Molly Berendt from Family Service Center talked about a program called Compass that EPNIA would like to have implemented for students at McClernand Elementary School. This program will help 25-30 “high risk” children that need adult/child interaction that helps with their academic learning and also helps with their mental and emotional behavior. Compass would meet at Third Presbyterian Church on Fridays from 3-6 p.m. Volunteers are needed to be matched with a child in the program as well as to help with enrichment activities and preparing food.

Cookout in Enos Park, Tuesday, July 15 at 6 p.m.

Instead of our regular membership meeting, we will be holding a cookout in Enos Park. NOTE THE CHANGE IN DAY AND TIME. EPNIA will provide the meat and drinks, you bring a side dish or dessert to share. Bring the kids and invite your neighbors to join us as well!

June 10, 2014 Membership Meeting

Tuesday, June 10, 7 p.m. Third Presbyterian Church North 7th Street & Bergen. Childcare will be provided.

Find out about our second annual neighborhood block party, Rock the Block on June 20.

Karen Cox, the executive director of Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery, will give a presentation at the June EPNIA membership meeting and talk about plans for a 25th birthday celebration on Sunday, June 29 from 1-5 pm. Enos Park will be co-hosting this with Mini O’Bierne Crisis Nursery.

Wendy White-Mitter from St. John’s Hospital will talk about the upcoming Destination Dinner Table program. Families can sign up for a four week series of classes where a professional chef will teach them how to prepare healthy, low-cost meals on a budget. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from July 9-30th.

May 13, 2014 Membership Meeting

Tuesday, May 13, 7 p.m. Third Presbyterian Church North 7th Street & Bergen

Enos Park residents will have an opportunity to learn more about Illinois’ High Speed Rail Program’s railroad improvements being completed within the Chicago to St. Louis corridor, including safety and efficiency upgrades within the City of Springfield. This presentation will specifically address the impact on our neighborhood, including proposed street closings and affected properties. A representative of the Illinois High Speed Rail Program will give a presentation at the May EPNIA membership meeting.The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at Third Presbyterian Church (corner of 7th & Bergen). Childcare will be provided.

Work will be completed within the City of Springfield to allow for increased speeds of up to 40 mph along the 3rd St. corridor. Improvements will include new grade crossing approaches, crossing safety devices, fencing, bridge upgrades and the potential for the City to apply for a “quiet zone” along the existing 3rd St. corridor.

The 3rd St. work is the first of three projects being conducted within the City of Springfield. The two other projects include the Springfield Flyover Environmental Assessment and the 10th Street Consolidation Program, which is being led by the City of Springfield. For more information, visit www.idothsr.org. Residents and other interested persons may comment on the proposed work via the program website or by calling 1-855-436-8477.

May Meeting Minutes

Neighborhood Police Officer Report
NPO John Dorsey said that he had worked with an Enos Park landlord who agreed to evict the current tenant after two separate parties that resulted in police calls.

Strengthening our Partnerships
SIU School of Medicine – showed a slideshow with before and after pictures of the work day on May 2. More than 200 people helped with neighborhood cleanup, sculpture garden, community garden, and salvage shop.

RCC – Planning a follow up work day for Saturday, May 17 from 1-4 p.m. Helped coordinate teacher appreciation week at McClernand which was very well received. Also helped plan an Earth Day activity for parents and children.

Kumler Outreach – Work days at SAA garden site will be every Monday at 6 p.m., work days at new garden site (1024 N. 5th) will be Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

Habitat for Humanity – The future homeowner for 727 N. 7th, Barbara Bell introduced herself and said she looked forward to getting involved in the neighborhood.

Ronald Mcdonald House – Kelly Thompson, Executive Director, gave a short presentation about upcoming renovations to the house and the families they serve.

Strengthening our Presence in the Community
Police Officer Open House – On Friday, May 16 at 1 p.m. there will be an open house at 843 N. 8th. The home has been completely renovated over the past year by trainees from the Springfield Urban League and will now be offered rent free to a police officer.

Michelle Higginbotham reported that she recently made a presentation to the Mid Illinois Medical District about the Enos Park Master Plan and our redevelopment efforts.

Guest Speaker
Janet Henderson and Leslie Kirchler gave a presentation on the High Speed Rail project in Illinois and answered questions about Third St. rail corridor improvements and rail consolidation plans for 10th St.

April 8, 2014 Membership Meeting

Tuesday, April 8, 7 p.m.
Third Presbyterian Church
North 7th Street & Bergen

Neighborhood Police Officer Report

NPO John Dorsey talked about the recent fires that have occurred. A dumpster fire at 909 N 5th had no witnesses as of yet. At 1120 N 9th and 1132 E North Grand Ave, there were 4 juveniles taken to the police station and 2 of the juveniles were still in custody and admitted to starting the fires. More undercover details will be continuing. Radar detailing happening more for McClernand school.

Strengthening our Partnerships

  • RCC- 3rd Thursday meal had over 100 in attendance, having a great turnout. Science night at McClernand school went very well, no active PTO so several EPNIA board members volunteered to help.
  • Kumler Outreach- sign up for garden plots April 12th @ 1 p.m. $15 for 4×8 plot or just volunteer to help the communal plot.
  • Habitat for Humanity- 727 N 7th house kick off. This is a youth build being sponsored by Springfield Electric. The blitz will be the following week.
  • In His Hands Outreach- EPD, LLC donated a house to this ministry. They are going to rehab this property to sell for money to build an orphanage in Haiti.
  • Days of service in the neighborhood- United Way spring day of service April 26th, SIU med students May 2nd, RCC May 17th.

Strengthening our Communication

Ryan Mobley gave a demonstration of nextdoor.com, a social media site we are using. It is limited to our neighborhood and is great for having two-way communication and providing information such as suspicious activities, events in the neighborhood, staying updated with your neighbors.

Guest Speaker: Mark Star from Allied Waste

We have partnered with Allied Waste to help with the issues pertaining to fly dumping and trash service. They are offering incentives to new customers as well as current customers who refer their friends and neighbors. Allied Waste has gone above and beyond to help Enos Park get rid of the garbage, and help us reduce the trash, help recycle, and scrap some of the materials to bring money back to our efforts.

Read more here…

March 11, 2014 Membership Meeting

TUESDAY, March. 11th, 7 p.m.
Third Presbyterian Church
North 7th Street & Bergen

Neighborhood Police Officer Report

Officer John Dorsey talked about the double murder on 9th St. in 2012 and explained they have made two arrests in connection with this homicide. At the time of the crime, the alleged perpetrators resided at the House of the Rainbow. The zoning dispute surrounding the Rainbow houses continues; there was a hearing on March 5th to determine if the houses are in violation of the current R2 zoning. The ruling should occur before the next meeting. North 4th St developments are coming along, the drug units have some evidence they are reviewing. There have been several burglaries to unlocked vehicles, make sure you are keeping your car locked when parked on the street.

Strengthening Our Partnerships

Rochester Christian Church

Bill Barton explained the church has partnered with Third Presbyterian Church to serve dinner on the 3rd Thursday of every month to try and promote more involvement for the families of the McClernand Elementary students and engage them in neighborhood activities. Also, RCC will hold a work day Saturday May 17th that will include many different areas, there will be help provided to volunteer at one of the neighborhood houses that needs cleaning, volunteers for the library, and for the vacant lot clean up.

Kumler Outreach Ministries

Dawn Mobley explained the efforts going towards providing the garden space that provides nutritious and delicious food. There are two different sites this year for the garden efforts and there are personal plots available or volunteers can just help on the communal plots.

Springfield Green

This is a city wide event, we would like to have a booth set up with an Enos Park presence promoting our efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle in connection with the salvage shop. Saturday, April 26th from 10a.m.-2 p.m.

United Way Springfield Day of Service

Prep work for the SIU work day, need team leaders. Saturday, April 26th from 8-11:30 a.m.

SIU work day

150 med students will be working in Enos Park on several different projects, need team leaders. Saturday May 2nd from 9 a.m.-4 pm.

St. Johns Gotta Dance Classes

Wendy White-Mitter talked about the Gotta Dance classes that have been meeting several weeks now. The kids are doing well and are engaging with a positive momentum. There are two classes with 20-25 kids per group.

Springfield Park District

Dawn talked about trying to clean up the park a little bit, getting a truck load of mulch for the play area, maybe some flowers to plant to bring out the appearance of the park. This is still on going.
Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery

Amber Rigor talked about the partnering efforts to hold a 25th birthday party for the crisis nursery and the neighborhood association. The plans for the day are still being worked out. Would like to see multiple snack carts, family fun games, bounce houses, promote the efforts with a radio station and with social media, family photos for $5, policeman/fireman presence, face paintings. This will take place on Sunday, June 29th from 1-5 p.m.

Strengthening our Communication


Ryan Mobley and Andrew Proctor explained the way Nextdoor.com works. This is a private social media site for neighborhoods. Great way of having two way communication in multiple ways, anything from classified section to suspicious activities. Overall just a great way of keeping communication open between our neighbors.

Spring Cookout

Domnick Juliano would like help planning these efforts. Possible date April 17th. Would like to have this in the vacant lot where we had the the trunk or treat event on the corner of 6th and enterprise.

Guest Speakers

Habitat for Humanity

Colleen Stone explained about the new Habitat home at 727 N. 7th that is going to break ground April 10th. This a youth build that will build on Saturdays unless they get behind and then they will be building on Fridays as well. Kick off on April 10th at Springfield Electric, who are the sponsors for this build. This will be a shotgun house, the new owner is a foster parent, her name is Barbara.

In His Hands Orphans Outreach

Stephanie Barton explained about the remodel happening at 1149 N.7th St. In His Hands is a nonprofit organization that Rochester Christian Church supports and they have a primary focus on helping orphans all around the world. They supply anything from the basic needs to orphan homes. They are having a their annual fundraiser at the Crowne Plaza on Friday, April 4th @ 6:30 p.m.