Will County Partners with local agencies
Anastasia Tuskey
/ Categories: News, Press Releases, Home Page

Will County Partners with local agencies

Will County Center for Community Concerns, Habitat for Humanity and Reach Missions on Fairmont Redevelopment Program

     Despite the hot sun and warm temperatures, 200 volunteers were hard at work last week painting, hammering, and sawing at several projects in the Fairmont neighborhood in unincorporated Lockport Township. The week was the kick-off of the Fairmont Redevelopment Program and the volunteers, representing the Reach Mission ministry, came from the local area and around the country.

     “This is all about improving the quality of life for these residents,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh. “These days, as government must continue to do more with less resources, partnerships like this are invaluable to serve our constituents.”

       According to Ron Pullman, director of the Community Development Division within Will County’s Land Use Department, this project is being used to kick off a three to five year redevelopment program in Fairmont. The program is an effort to implement elements of an overall Fairmont Plan developed by neighborhood residents, business owners, and County staff.

     “This particular project began last year when Messiah Lutheran Church reached out to the County seeking an area in need,” Pullman said. “We began accepting applications from low income homeowners who needed assistance with upgrades to their residences. We received applications from 65 homeowners in the Fairmont area and our intent is to assist all who qualify for the program.”

     With limited funding, the Community Development Division was fortunate to be able to partner with the Will County Center for Community Concerns, Habitat for Humanity, Share Fest New Lenox and the Reach Mission, a nationwide agency that seeks local agencies to partner with and offer week long mission trips for teens to provide service in low income communities. Through this cooperative effort, the partnership has been able to obtain supplies and equipment at reduced costs and utilize the assistance of the teen workers.

     With the support of the County Executive’s Office and the County Board, the Land Use Department has been able to leverage $1 million in seed capital to sustain this program over the next three to five years.  

     “We have received donations of lumber and other supplies from local businesses and a large number of local contractors have donated their time to help renovate these homes,” said Pullman.

     Larry Holman, a U.S. Army veteran, has lived in his Fairmont home, which was built in 1906,  for the last 14 years. He said he appreciates the help from the Reach Mission volunteers and the Land Use Department.

     “I’m a widower and I live alone on a fixed income,” Holman said. “I needed repairs to my stairs and the upstairs bathroom. These volunteers have been so helpful to me. These repairs will let me keep living in my house.”

     Pullman said this project is part of a much larger, redevelopment project for the Fairmont neighborhood that seeks to accomplish goals set out in the County’s Fairmont Plan. The neighborhood, which lies in an unincorporated area, also lacks basic services such as storm sewer improvements and economic development opportunities.

    Virgil Kemp’s group “Helpers of Mother Earth” began in the early spring with several weeks of clean up.

      “There are also many abandoned homes which can also lead to other potential dangers,” Kemp said. “With the support of County Executive Walsh and the County Board, we have plans for flood remediation and other green infrastructure and economic development that will help improve this neighborhood.”

     Dalinda Herrod, president of the Fairmont Community Partnership, Inc., has lived in her home for more than 43 years. She said the partnership was established to help residents take pride in their community and their homes.

     “We appreciate the support of Will County helping us improve our neighborhood,” she said. “We are very thankful for these great volunteers who have been here this week to help us with much needed repairs.”

     Pullman said the county will continue to assist as many residents as possible with the funding available. The Land Use Department will finish any projects remaining after the volunteers leave next week.

     “The residents in the Fairmont neighborhood have made due for so long it is definitely time for us to assist them all we can,” he said. “I am so proud that our not for profit partners have stepped up to accomplish the work we have started, but there is still much to be done for this area.”

      For more information about this project or to volunteer or donate, contact the Will County Land Use Department at (815) 774-3321.


Previous Article Rabid bat found in Custer Park
Next Article Will County Employees to Participate in Get Fit on Route 66

Anastasia TuskeyAnastasia Tuskey

Communications Director

Other posts by Anastasia Tuskey

Contact author

Press Contacts

Anastasia Tuskey
Communications Director
Ph: 815-740-8376

Tammy Reiher
Public Information Officer
Ph: 815-774-7485

«January 2021»
Will County Office Building closed Fri. Jan. 1 in observance of New Year's Day

Will County Office Building closed Fri. Jan. 1 in observance of New Year's Day

The Will County Office Building will be closed on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 in observance of New Year's Day.
Read more
County Executive Bertino-Tarrant appoints five to Will County boards

County Executive Bertino-Tarrant appoints five to Will County boards

Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant appointed five people to boards in December.

Read more
AgeGuide - Needs Assessment Survey

AgeGuide - Needs Assessment Survey

Share your opinion, shape your community. You are invited to take a 15-20 minute survey about aging services.

Read more
Will County still in Tier 3 mitigations for COVID-19

Will County still in Tier 3 mitigations for COVID-19

With a new wave of COVID-19 surging across the state of Illinois and the nation, the state is committed to listening to public health experts and following the science to keep people safe. Tier 3 builds on the Resurgence Mitigation Plan first released in July to suppress the spread of the virus and ensure our hospitals do not become overrun.
Read more
93-year old leads charge against COVID-19 at Sunny Hill

93-year old leads charge against COVID-19 at Sunny Hill

For weeks, James Ingram told everyone that when the coronavirus vaccine came to Sunny Hill Nursing Home of Will County he wanted to be first to get it.

Read more


100th birthday 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Passport event 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System Board acting Chief Judge David Carlson adult detention affordable Alison.com All Nations Church of God in Christ Alzheimer's walk America Recycles Day American Legion Post 1080 American Recycles Day Animal Control Arsenal Road assistance bars BBQ luncheon Becky Haldorson Bertino-Tarrant Bolingbrook Park District bonds book event book recycling book recycling and reuse event book reuse and recycling Brayden Caraynoff-Haber Bruce Gould businesses career Caroline Portlock cash reserves CBS 2 Chicago census Charlotte Mather chicago Street Citizen Utility Board Citizens Utility Board city closings Clothes 4 Work CMAP ComEd Community Development of Block Grant contact tracing cooling centers coronavirus cost savings council county county board chairs county departments County Executive Denise Winfrey County Executive Larry Walsh County Office Building covid covid-19 COVID-19 vaccination C-Pace Curt Paddock Danette Krieger David Dubois Deborah Alexander Deirdre Manigo Denise Winfrey Diane Brozman digital safety Director Curt Paddock distressed Dr. L.P. Schild drive-through job fair early voting Earth Day Earth Flag Awards Eastside Green House economic development Eden Community Garden electronic recycling electronics recycling Emergency Management Agency employment energy conservation energy efficiency Erin Kohl Ethics Adviser Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant extreme heat federal fees financial savings fiscal health flu food bank forklift drivers Frankfort Township Friends of Sunny Hill funding future gardening Gertrude Hoover Gloria Dollinger Green Team groundbreaking Harold Damron health Health Department healthcare heroin legislation forum hero helps addiction trea Historic Preservation Commission holiday bazaar holiday gift show and luncheon holiday string lights holidays hospital Household Hazardous Waste HVAC IDPH Illinois Extension Service Illinois Recycling Foundation insulation interview James Ingram Janine Farrell Jason Holicky Jeff Hubrich Jennifer Bertino Tarrant JJC City Center Campus Joan O'Keefe job creation job fair job search jobs John Greuling John Ocansey Joliet Joliet Arsenal Development Advisory Board Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk Joliet Park District Joliet Slammers Joyce Parker Judge David Carlson Karen Sorbero Kathy Pecora Land Use Department Larry Walsh Lauren Staley Ferry Lewis University library lighting fixtures liquor license Madison Curran maintenance Margaret McDowell Marta Keane Marth Sojka mask material handlers mechanic Melissa Hemzacek Memorial Day Meta Mueller Michael Hennessey Midwest Classics on 66 Museum Midwest Renewable Energy Association Mike Bell mitigations Mobile Workforce Center Monee Park District Monee Township Moody Investor Service mortgage assistance Moving Will County municipal Music and memory NACo National Hookup of Black Women National Recycling Coalition nctv 17 neuter/spay new year's day Nick Palmer non profit Northeastern Illinois Organix Pam Rodriguez pandemic paper shredding Pastor Dwayne Barfield Penny Curran permits Pilcher Park Pilcher Park Nature Center Plainfield United Methodist portal Prairie State Legal Services public building pumpkin composting Pumpkin Pitch quarantine rating recreation Recyclepalooza recycling registration renewals rent assistance reopen residents Resource Recovery and Energy Resource Recovery and Energy Division restaurants restore illinois resume Resume Gallery Rethink Water campaign ribbon Rolonda Mitchell Roy Strong rural historic structures safety Samantha Bluemer Savers Savers. WJOL school bus driver school garden Scott Slocum security officers Seeds of Change Grant Program seniors Sharefest sick sign language skills social events solar solar group buy Solarize Chicagoland Spirit of Community Caring Award St. Vincent DePaul Standard and Poor's stay home Sunny Hill Nursing Home Sunny Hill Nursing Home of Will County Susan Flessner Susan Olenek swimming pools taxpayers Ted Slowik testing textile collection textile recycling The Daily Southtown The Friends of Sunny Hill Inc. thermal Three Rivers Association of Realtors tier 1 Tim Anderson tire collection Todd Fonfara USAgain vaccinations vaccine veterans Veterans Day vision and hearing screening vow renewal warming centers Warren-Sharpe Community Center Washington Township Wayne Breitbarth We Will Grow Garden Program weather related closings West Nile Virus will Will County Will County Board Will County Center for Community Concerns Will County Clerk Will County Executive Denise Winfrey Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant Will County Executive Larry Walsh Will County Executive Larry Walsh Midwest Renewabl Will County Farm Bureau Will County Health Department Will County Historic Preservation Commission Will County Land Use Department Will County Office Building Will County Office Buildng Will County TB clinic Will County Veterans Affairs Commission Will County Workforce Center Will County Workforce Services Division William E. Young School WJOL Workforce Center of Will County Workforce Investment Board Workforce Services Division Workforce Services Division of Will County Workforce Services Division releases November work workshops Youth Provider Workshop