Board of Directors
In 2015 CBS described Louisville, KY as one of America’s poorest cities. Within 5 years, the community erupted into protests, rallies, and riots in response to the killing of Breonna Taylor by Louisville Police. As a microcosm of national concerns about equity and racial inclusion, Louisville / Jefferson County is ground zero. In this context, Rebatissons Community Development was formed to address the long term needs for today’s urban issues. Old infrastructure, old racial issues, and social disconnection from the American Dream all require rebuilding in our Nation, rebuilding in our neighborhoods.
Need and Theory of Change:
In 2020, the community was already in the midst of a multi-year project to alleviate the concentration of poverty in the near downtown neighborhoods of Beecher Terrace and Russell with the implication of $1 Billion in investments planned. Unfortunately, the year marked a peak in unemployment, violent crimes, murders, and demonstrative strife between local residents and police. Rebatissons joins the effort however with an emphasis on neighborhoods West of I-65 and South of Broadway in Jefferson County.