Good Neighbor to remodel, expand kitchen

Knocking down walls, expanding, buying new ovens, microwaves and prep tables are now in the works at the Good Neighbor Settlement House after the non-profit received a grant of $175,000 through the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation that will help with the expansion and improvement of their kitchen.

Hugo Zurita, executive director at the Good Neighbor Settlement House, said the grant was much needed since the kitchen has never been remodeled and does not hold enough space to have prep tables and other applianches such as ovens that would make it easier to serve healthier options to the community.

“We approached them and applied for it because our meal program is the heart of our organization, that’s what we’re known for providing breakfast, lunch and dinner for the community here in Brownsville,” he said.

“Our kitchen is pretty small, is not the biggest and is not suited for us to be able to do bigger meals and cook more, so just having one stove that worked at that time was really difficult for us to be able to feed so many individuals. Our numbers did double through our meal program during the pandemic, so we were really happy that we were really happy that we were able to get those funds.”

Zurita said the plan is to be able to better assist the community with their needs. The remodelation will also include an expansion to the kitchen pantry, allowing the Good Neighbor to take more donations and have them organized for faster access.

“The plan is to be able to better assist our community so we don’t have an oven, so now we are able to purchase ovens to be able to bake stuff and make stuff a little bit healthier,” he said. “We do breakfast, lunch and dinner so there’s times that while we are doing breakfast we have to prepare lunch and when we are doing lunch we have to prepare dinner, we really don’t have the space.”

Zurita added that the settlement house also received support from Valley Day and Night Clinic and raised over $11,000 during Giving Tuesday this year, funds that are being used for the kitchen renovation. Good Neighbor serves approximately 500 residents weekly.

“We are here to help, we don’t ask why you’re getting the services, we’re Good Neighbor so we try to be a good neighbor to the community and that’s what we are and we are here to assist anybody that needs our assistance,” he said.

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Grandfather receives brutal note from neighbor about his ‘ridiculous’ house decorations

A grandfather recently received a vicious note from his neighbor that many people online are calling racist.

Earlier this week, Twitter user @goldenstef posted a picture of the letter saying: “Someone REALLY sent this to my grandpa…… my man is just trynna [sic] decorate his house and……. I f—ing hate people.”

The letter was signed by “the decent, middle-class people with Class of Thunderbird Hills sub-division,” but appears to have only been written by one person, who used the phrase “my wife and I” at the very beginning of the note. Thunderbird Hills is in San Antonio, Texas.

The letter writer begins by explaining that he and his wife occasionally walk around their neighborhood to exercise, but whenever they pass the grandfather’s place they see he has “yet another new decoration or ornament in front of your house.”

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“Oh my God — Enough already,” the neighbor wrote. “All the people that we know in our neighborhood have commented on the EXCESSIVE decorations in front of your house — and am sorry to say, you’re [sic] house has become, and is, the laughing joke of the neighborhood.”

“Some of our friends have even purposely driven in front of your house just to see how RIDICULOUS all those decorations look like — and needless to say, they all laugh,” the neighbor added. “All those decorations are in ‘bad taste’ and only goes to prove to everyone that a ‘low class Mexican family’ lives there, or some Gypsy family.”

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The neighbor goes on to complain about the man’s “pot plants in the middle of the lawn.”

“Oh my God, where do you people come from?” the neighbor wrote. “It makes absolutely no sense to have ‘plants’ in the middle of the lawn. Also, do you realize that you have four or five American flags displayed in your front. Hello? Do you think that’s going to make people think you’re patriotic? Believe me, they will think like we do — at how Ridiculour [sic] that looks.”

“Apparently you people must have come here to our neighborhood from the deep West side or the deep South side where all the poor people with no class live,” the neighbor added. “Believe me when I tell you that your house is an EMBARRASSMENT to the neighborhood.”

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To conclude the note, the neighbor recommended that the grandfather “start looking at the other houses around here and then take a look at your own house.”

“And then come to realize how ridiculous and embarrassing your excessive house decorations look to the rest of us,” the neighbor wrote.

Since the post went up, the tweet has had more than 237,000 likes, 39,800 retweets and 5,400 comments, with

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