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West Lakes Partnership, Inc.

Our community development initiative was created by resident leaders to help ensure the preservation of its cultural heritage and the vision of a thriving community where its residents can live, work, learn and play. Our key priorities include housing stabilization, homeownership and improved neighborhood amenities. 

Our operations are funded privately, through a combination of private donations, board giving and development fees. Led by a 15 member board (10 of which are residents of the West Lakes neighborhoods), WLP’s approach is geared toward housing rehabilitation and spurring further investment in pockets of disinvestment within our neighborhoods. 

 
 
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"I am a believer in the Majora Carter’s quote that “You don't have to move out of your neighborhood to live in a better one"

Timothy Ayers, Executive Director

 

About the Neighborhood

Anchored by four beautiful lakes, houses of great worship and the famous Camping World Stadium, the communities of West Lakes are made up of the five neighborhoods between Parramore and Washington Shores. We represent almost 3,500 residents living west of Orange Blossom Trail, east of John Young Parkway, south of Highway 50/Colonial Drive and north of Gore Street. We are the fantastic five neighborhoods of Lake Lorna Doone, Rock Lake, Clear Lake Cove, Luola Terrance/Lake Sunset and Clearlake: Bunche Manor/Hollando. 

 
 
 
 
 

Our Approach

 

Community Engagement

West Lakes Partnership (WLP) practices holistic, place-based community engagement, structured community planning, and early targeted action investments. Our Community Conversational Dinners are designed to allow time to build deep understanding of the neighborhood that can shape the pace and nature of engagement. We want to make sure residents have a voice at the table and that projects are geared toward "community ownership" and are "resident driven." We respectfully engage issues of race, class, and culture.

 

EMPLOYMENT & Financial SERVICES

In partnership with Lift Orlando and other community partners, we seek to connect West Lakes residents to career counseling, employment placement and financial well-being.

Housing

WLP is a nonprofit focused on increasing home ownership opportunities in the West Lakes neighborhood. Currently, in the 5 neighborhoods of West Lakes, over 300 single and multi-family housing units are vacant.  WLP seeks to construct new, and rehab older, vacant single family homes by using public and private funding sources and developing cooperative relationships with local government entities and private investors.

 

Community Beautification

We seek to create activities and projects that increase neighborhood pride such as a banner program, gateway signage and improved neighborhood amenities.

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Our Board of Directors

 
 

David Brewer, Chairman
Resident of Clear lake: Bunche Manor/Hollando

Antoinette Giles, Vice Chair
Co-Chair of NEighborhood Engagement Committee
resident of Lake Sunset/Luola Terrace

Shirley Bradley, Treasurer
Resident of Clear lake: Bunche Manor/Hollando

Faye Coleman-Giddens, Secretary
resident of Lake Sunset/Luola Terrace

Andre Smart, Past-Chairman
Resident of Clear lake: Bunche Manor/Hollando

MErissa Battle, Board Member
Co-Chair of NEighborhood Engagement Committee
At-Large

“JB” Boonstra, Board Member
Chair of Finance Committee
At Large

 

Shirley Bradley, Board Member
Resident of Clear lake: Bunche Manor/Hollando

Charles Hawkins, II
Resident of Clearlake: Bunche Manor/Hollando  

Margaret Hill, Board Member
resident of Rock Lake

Tangia Hill-Smikle, Board Member
resident of LAke LornA Doone

Travaris McCurdy, Board Member
At-Large

Crystal Priester, Board Member
Resident of Clear lake Cove

Juana Watkins, Board Member
Chair of the Housing committee
At-Large

Vanessa Zabala, Board MEmber
At-Large

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Timothy Ayers

Executive Director
tayers@westlakespartnership.org

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Sarah Elbadri

Special Projects Manager
sarah@westlakespartnership.org

 

Learn More

 

History: The West Lakes Council

TheWest Lakes Economic Opportunities Council provided the organizational foundation for the West Lakes Partnership.

Recent growth: 2018 Accomplishments

2018 was an incredible year of growth and accomplishments for West Lakes Partnership.

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A look forward: Our Strategic Plan

West Lakes Partnership is focused on building pathways to stability, power, and generational wealth for the residents of West Lakes.