SMDC-Web-adFor years, I've been thankful for my online friendship with talented author and all around great guy Tim Bete.  Tim wrote me recently to share the good news about a project he is working on. is the kind of project that makes the best possible use of the Internet to inspire, to help build community, and to make a difference in the world.  Please read the following information, shared by Tim, and check out Great work Tim! Helps People Express Gratitude for Homes, Share Stories of Difficult Housing Experiences

As part of National NeighborWorks Week (June 5-12, 2010), St. Mary Development Corporation has launched, a Web site with the motto: "Be thankful for your home. Help others find a decent place to live." allows people to share their stories about housing issues by submitting short videos. Visitors to the site can share why they are thankful for their homes or talk about a difficult housing situation they’ve faced (e.g., homelessness, unsafe conditions.) By connecting people who have decent housing with those who don’t, hopes new innovative solutions to housing issues will emerge.

When a video is posted on the site, sends the person who submitted it a free "Thankful for my home" wristband. Most videos submitted will be posted. Details about the free wristbands can be found at

St. Mary Development Corporation ( is southwest Ohio’s largest non-profit provider of high-quality, affordable housing. Over the past 21 years, they’ve created more than 2,400 housing units and prevented more than 950 foreclosures. St. Mary Development has been a chartered member of NeighborWorks since 1999.

NeighborWorks America ( creates opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. Since 1991, they have assisted nearly 1.2 million low- to moderate-income families with their housing needs. Much of their success is achieved through their support of the NeighborWorks network of more than 235 community development organizations working in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

During National NeighborWorks Week (June 5-12, 2010), local NeighborWorks organizations mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers, businesspeople, neighbors, friends, and civic leaders in a week of neighborhood change and awareness.

For more information about, contact Tim Bete (Communication Director, St. Mary Development Corporation; Editor, at