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About Us

The Story of Grove Park Renewal

Grove Park Renewal was started as an effort to empower neighbors through quality, dignified housing. Much of the housing in Grove Park was dilapidated and owned by absentee landlords who had little interest in fostering community. Grove Park Renewal is developing these properties for the benefit of the current neighbors. 

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Our neighbors consist of a large range of people. We hope to not only provide quality housing for financially insecure families, but we also prioritize creating social and emotional capital as well for those neighbors. So we value supporting a range of neighbors to enter our Grove Park community to support the renewal. 

Chris Jackson
Maintenance Supervisor
Chris Jackson was born and raised in Atlanta and his passion for construction and home preservation began well over 20 years ago.  When he's not working, Chris enjoys spending time with his four children, biking, fishing, traveling, and also coaching little league football. Chris places a high value on providing excellence in his work, his hospitality and his diligence to always get the job done right. 

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John Sydney
Property Manager/Interim Director 
John is a Virgin Islands native and a graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He is passionate about community development and building holistic relationships with people. John has a strong background in housing administration, operations, and management. John moved to Atlanta to work with the Grove Park Renewal team, and he is excited to serve and support the community.
Maureen Sanchez
Director of Community Engagement 

Maureen is extremely grateful that God has opened the door for her to work with the Grove Park Renewal team. She has a background in mental health counseling and received a masters degree in community development. Since moving to the Westside in 2010, Maureen has been active in the English Avenue and Bankhead/Historic Westin Heights neighborhood. She is hopeful that her love for data and research, along with people and programs, will empower her to love and care for the neighbors around her.

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Janet Grounds Garcia
Community Engagement Intern

Janet is an Atlanta native, currently pursuing her Master's in Social Work from Georgia State University. She is motivated to work in a setting that empowers their population and supporting an environment that is dedicated to helping the community. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with the residents of the Grove Park Community. 

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