Spring Creek Nehemiah families saved money for many years to be able to buy their beautiful new homes. The formerly abandoned area is on track to produce at least 5,000 new units of housing, including more than 2,000 Nehemiah homes and apartments. East Brooklyn Congregations are proud to have led that transformation. Nehemiah residents grew angry that Shoprite and other businesses within the Gateway Mall have done nothing to stop the dumping of shopping carts on their sidewalks and lawns.
When repeated attempts to meet with the manager of Shoprite were ignored, 28 homeowners showed up to deliver a message in person. We picketed the entrance of the supermarket, sent a delegation inside to confront the manager, and vowed to return with a larger group if our demands are not met. On the way back home, a truck was seen doing the job we asked for: picking up the shopping carts.