Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Joins Fraternity in Lawn Mowing Service Event for Senior Citizens

Mayor with Group and Lawn Mowers

August 21, 2021 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Saturday with the Houston Department of Neighborhoods (DON) and members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. in Independence Heights for the kickoff of the Good Neighbor Project.

Administered by DON’s Volunteer Initiatives Program, the project will provide free lawn maintenance services to 20 pre-selected seniors in several neighborhoods during the months of August and September, sponsored in partnership with the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

The inaugural lawn maintenance service call was carried out by a team of the fraternity’s Nu Phi Chapter volunteers at the home of longtime resident Ms. Warzell Upshaw.

“This project is about neighbors helping neighbors, especially our seniors who are not able maintain the upkeep of their lawns,” said Mayor Turner. “I want to thank the Omega Psi Phi brothers for partnering with the Department of Neighborhoods to serve our seniors and for their work on this hot summer day. They set a fine example for us, inspiring us all to be good neighbors.”

“The Department of Neighborhoods is pleased to partner with the men of Omega Psi Phi fraternity to provide this service for seniors over these summer months when grass and weeds flourish,” said DON director TaKasha Francis. “We’re not only helping senior residents maintain safe and sanitary yards in compliance with city codes, but we’re also encouraging others to do the same. We thank them for their community service and for helping us kick off this vital undertaking for our seniors.”

Houstonians are invited to sign up to help with the Good Neighbor Project and other community service volunteer activities at www.HoustonNeighborhoods.org. For more information, call 832-393-0832.