The 6th Branch's "Operation Oliver" Project Has Teamed Up With The Come Home Baltimore Foundation

Posted August 13, 2012

By: Earl Johnson, Executive Director of the Come Home Baltimore Foundation
It is our mission at the Come Home Baltimore Foundation to combine physical home renovations with social activism throughout Baltimore City. I envision entire blocks of sustainable green homes, each a network of buildings interconnected by public green spaces – self-sufficient and safe neighborhoods where existing and new residents participate as equals to generate meaningful and environmentally conscious community cultures. I am simply a dedicated resident of the Oliver community committing my professional education and military experience as a US Army Ranger to help revitalize my neighborhood. I strongly believe in the power of community, friendship and volunteerism. It is through these three mediums that I believe a city can be made stronger. I am ready for the challenges that drugs, poverty, crime, and despair have brought to my community. As a new home owner and resident, I will focus all my efforts on defeating these elements and making a positive impact in Oliver where my wife and I have dug in and are prepared to stay until the mission is complete.

I refuse to allow the current state of the Oliver community to become the social norm. I do not applaud small victories. Instead, I use them to empower myself to push forward to complete victory, a community free of daily crime and blight. It has always been my goal to team up with an organization who sees Oliver as a community needing of help and worthy of support. Come Home Baltimore works with organizations that do not give up, become stagnant, or except failure as an option. This is why we have signed on as a full partner within “Operation Oliver,” a collaborative effort between several veterans organizations and non-profits who see the potential of the Oliver community to again become a great place to live. As a coalition we know we can create change and eliminate the blight that has temporarily made Oliver its home. We challenge other organizations interested in doing measurable good to join us in the mission of saving one community at a time.