Our Newest Collaboration

We’re excited to announce our newest collaboration with Summit County Public Health. Starting next week, there will be Social Work Office Hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 AM to 12 PM. See our Facebook for more details.

The Exchange House is Open

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, the Better Block Foundation opened the Exchange House to the community. Nearly 100 people from the Akron community joined us for food, music, and tours. Members of the community shared ideas with us about how we can best use the space. The Airbnb rooms are also posted online for $25[…]

TRY Begins Demo on Exchange House

After a lot of waiting on permits, testing, and electrical repairs, our demo team, Truly Reaching You, began knocking down walls and preparing the house for rehab. While we’re keeping the overall structure of the house, our demo plans include opening up the interior to create a more welcoming, lively gathering space for the community.[…]

Site Selection and Early Meetings

Site selection and meetings with Bhutanese refugees beganĀ for the Exchange HouseĀ on July 21st, 2015 in Akron, Ohio. Working closely with the Knight Foundation, the International Institute, and the Bhutanese Community Association of Akron, the Better Block team began cataloging potential foreclosed homes and meeting with city officials to begin the process of gaining access to[…]