WHO WE ARE

how our roots flourished

In 1968, amidst the backdrop of urban decay and community disintegration, Dorothy Mae Richardson emerged as a beacon of hope in her neighborhood. Recognizing that the answer to revitalizing struggling communities wasn’t in demolition but in restoration, she rallied her neighbors with a powerful mantra: “the solution was not to tear down the whole neighborhood, but to fix the houses.”

Dorothy’s grassroots efforts gained the attention of policymakers, leading to the chartering of NeighborWorks as a national nonprofit organization by Congress. This pivotal moment marked the formalization of Richardson’s community reinvestment model, an approach that emphasized collaboration, empowerment, and sustainable living.  

Since its inception, NeighborWorks Sacramento has been a stalwart champion of Richardson’s ethos, embracing her legacy and expanding upon it with unwavering dedication. Established in 1987, our organization has remained steadfast in its mission to educate, empower, and uplift the communities we serve. 

Guided by the enduring vision of Dorothy Mae Richardson, whose pioneering spirit continues to inspire us to this day, NeighborWorks Sacramento has redefined sustainable living. For us, sustainable living embodies a transformative approach that goes beyond energy considerations, impacting communities in profound ways. It cultivates social cohesion by promoting inclusivity and accessibility. Imagine vibrant neighborhoods where diverse populations thrive in thoughtfully designed spaces that prioritize comfort and livability for all, regardless of background or ability. 

Picture a community where sustainable living isn’t just about environmental friendliness, but about creating enduring neighborhoods that flourish for generations. Neighborhoods thriving with both homeownership and affordable-sustainable rental properties. Ultimately, sustainable living isn’t just about building structures; it’s about nurturing communities where people not just survive, but truly thrive. It’s about creating a legacy of responsible stewardship, where every decision today lays the foundation for a brighter, more equitable future for generations to come. 

NeighborWorks Sacramento is deeply committed to sustainable living, and we look forward to you helping us continue to create lasting and enduring communities.  

 

Where we are going

illuminating the path to a brighter tomorrow

NeighborWorks Sacramento aspires to cultivate a community where every resident is not just a neighbor, but a cherished member of a vibrant, sustainable ecosystem. Our vision extends beyond bricks and mortar; it encompasses a profound commitment to fostering equitable opportunities, nurturing economic empowerment, and stewarding environmental sustainability.

In our vision, every street corner is alive with the energy of shared dreams and collective purpose. We envision neighborhoods where the laughter of children echoes through green spaces nurtured by our shared commitment to environmental stewardship. Each home is a sanctuary, built upon the foundation of affordability and sustainability, where families flourish and dreams take flight.

Our vision is one of unity and inclusivity, where diversity is celebrated and every voice is heard. Through innovative programs and unwavering dedication, we empower individuals to not only realize their potential but to become catalysts for positive change within their communities.

NeighborWorks Sacramento stands as a beacon of hope in the communities that we serve. Together, we are architects of possibility, weaving the fabric of sustainable living and community resilience. As we journey forward, hand in hand, we envision a future where the seeds of today blossom into the thriving, interconnected neighborhoods of tomorrow.

Where we are going

The Future is Bright

Under the bold and dynamic leadership of CEO and President Lauretta Casimir-Mahoney, NeighborWorks Sacramento has undergone a transformative evolution to adapt to the challenges of a post-COVID era. 

2023 marked a significant reconnection with our community roots. Our HUD-certified counselors underwent comprehensive training, resulting in a notable increase in demand for our housing counseling services. Notably, we successfully concluded a self-help housing project in Arbuckle, providing families with access to affordable housing opportunities. 

In addition, our cherished Dorothy Mae Good Deeds Day, previously known as Paint the Town, organized its inaugural neighborhood beautification event in Fruitridge Manor. This remarkable initiative was made possible by the dedication of our volunteers, staff, and partners, showcasing our unwavering commitment to enhancing the neighborhoods we serve. 

As we look ahead, NeighborWorks Sacramento stands poised for a bright future of unparalleled ambition. We are steadfast in our commitment to expanding our expertise and offerings across all facets of our organization, fostering deeper community engagement and making a lasting impact on the lives of those we serve. 

The forthcoming chapter in the NeighborWorks Sacramento promises to be truly remarkable, and we warmly invite you to join us on this inspiring journey of growth and transformation! We look forward to you joining us on our mission to plant roots of sustainable living across all the counties we serve.  

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The Future is Bright

Under the bold and dynamic leadership of CEO and President Lauretta Casimir-Mahoney, NeighborWorks Sacramento has undergone a transformative evolution to adapt to the challenges of a post-COVID era. 

2023 marked a significant reconnection with our community roots. Our HUD-certified counselors underwent comprehensive training, resulting in a notable increase in demand for our housing counseling services. Notably, we successfully concluded a self-help housing project in Arbuckle, providing families with access to affordable housing opportunities. 

In addition, our cherished Dorothy Mae Good Deeds Day, previously known as Paint the Town, organized its inaugural neighborhood beautification event in Fruitridge Manor. This remarkable initiative was made possible by the dedication of our volunteers, staff, and partners, showcasing our unwavering commitment to enhancing the neighborhoods we serve. 

As we look ahead, NeighborWorks Sacramento stands poised for a bright future of unparalleled ambition. We are steadfast in our commitment to expanding our expertise and offerings across all facets of our organization, fostering deeper community engagement and making a lasting impact on the lives of those we serve. 

The forthcoming chapter in the NeighborWorks Sacramento promises to be truly remarkable, and we warmly invite you to join us on this inspiring journey of growth and transformation! We look forward to you joining us on our mission to plant roots of sustainable living across all the counties we serve.  

What sustainability looks like to us

Sustainable housing embodies a transformative approach that goes beyond energy considerations, impacting communities in profound ways. Picture a community where sustainable housing isn’t just about environmental friendliness, but about creating enduring neighborhoods that flourish for generations.

It cultivates social cohesion by promoting inclusivity and accessibility. Imagine vibrant neighborhoods where diverse populations thrive in thoughtfully designed spaces that prioritize comfort and livability for all, regardless of background or ability.

Sustainable housing integrates principles of responsible resource management, social equity, and economic resilience. For a community, it fosters social cohesion by creating inclusive and accessible living spaces. Thoughtful urban planning and design ensure that neighborhoods are walkable, bike-friendly, and accessible to people of all ages and abilities. This promotes a sense of community and belonging, and strengthening social bonds.

Ultimately, sustainable housing isn’t just about building structures; it’s about nurturing communities where people can truly thrive. It’s about creating a legacy of responsible stewardship, where every decision today lays the foundation for a brighter, more equitable future for generations to come.

proudly serving Serving Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba Counties

Our valued partners & Sponsors

partners

  • City of Sacramento

  • City of Folsom

  • Salvation Army

  • African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs

  • NCRC Community Development Fund

  • Rural Community Assistance Corp RCAC

  • Sacramento County

  • Colusa County

  • Amador County  

  • The Center at Sierra Health Foundation

  • First Citizens Bank  

  • El Dorado County  

  • St. HOPE & 40 Acres Art & Cultural Center

  • Placer County

  • Sutter County  

  • Yolo County  

  • Yuba County

  • USDA  

  • US Department of Housing & Urban Development

  • NeighborWorks America  

  • Balance  

  • California Housing Finance Agency-CalHFA  

  • SHRA  

  • Crocker Art Museum

  • Sutter   

  • PG&E  

  • Sacramento Realtors

  • El Hogar Community Services  

  • Roberts Family Development Center

  • Community Voices

  • California State University, Sacramento 

  • UC Davis  

  • Lucas Public Affairs

  • American River College

  • Asian Resources Inc.  

  • Sacramento Observer

  • Comstock’s

  • Framework Homeownership

  • City of Winters

  • City of West Sacramento

  • HOLT of California

  • Sacramento Kings

  • Emig Law Group

  • Avelar  

sponsors

  • SMUD  

  • US Bank  

  • Wells Fargo Bank  

  • Cathay Bank  

  • Bank of America

  • Kresge Foundation

  • Mechanics Bank

  • Kaiser Permanente

  • Sacramento Kings

  • San Francisco 49ers

  • San Jose Giants

  • Sacramento Republic FC

  • Boulder Designs

  • Sacramento State Aquatic Center

  • Laughs Unlimited

  • Republic Services

  • Gunther’s Ice Cream

  • Golfland Sunsplash

  • Coles & Co

  • The KB Arkitekt

  • San Jose Sharks

  • Sacramento River Cats

  • Yolo Community Foundation  

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