Neighborhood Hero: Joy Esposito

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Note:  As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary and NeighborWorks Week 2020, we are featuring a few of our Neighborhood Heroes. 

Why I Love My Neighborhood - Joy Esposito

The concept of neighborhood includes components that have both place- and people-oriented components. National Geographic defines a neighborhood as “a place where people live and interact with one another.”  

I have lived in vibrant neighborhoods from McMinnville, Oregon, to Puebla, Mexico. My parents still reside in the house where I grew up in Oceanside, California, in a diverse neighborhood that enriched my life and does the same for my sons when we visit. My neighborhoods helped formulate my views of their collective strength when individuals come together. I have lived in Des Moines for 23 years (19 and counting in an NFC area, the Drake Neighborhood) and recognize the vitality in neighborhoods metro wide. 

The Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families, located in the 50314 zip code, is my second home. Our neighbors allow us to partner, collaborate, and collectively seek solutions to improve the livelihood of all. So many who show up, represent, and add seats to the table for everyone inspire me daily. I am honored and humbled to receive this award and while it may be an individual one, I share this with the dedicated Evelyn K. Davis Center team for whom I am so grateful. 


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