As the spread of COVID-19 was the catalyst for Gov. Mike DeWine to issue a stay-at-home order for Ohio, it inspired the formation of a group called “Joyful Neighbors.”
Residents of Timber Creek Apartments began to feel the isolation and emotional strain of the COVID pandemic. The order shut down an array of events and recreational amenities Timber Creek usually offered their residents.
Joyful Neighbors, which included members of Milford Trinity United Methodist Church and residents and management of Timber Creek, decided to create a way to bring the community together while remaining socially distanced. “Pizza and Picasso” was born.
All residents were delivered a bag with chalk, gifts and a flyer inviting them to “chalk their walk” for a chance to win a complimentary meal from a local pizzeria and a sign for their yard to brag on their achievement. Categories were. “Most Creative,” “Most Uplifting” and “Best Use of Materials.”
Twenty-four units participated in the fun. “I am super excited about the amount of participation,” said Tyan Lytle, service coordinator for Timber Creek. “It far exceeded my expectations.”
While some art depicted animals and cartoons, others had messages such as “Love,” “Black Lives Matter” and “Fear Not!”
As the judges walked the neighborhood, you could feel the energy and see the love of families working together, laughing and having fun.
Pastor of Milford, the Rev. Jennifer Burns said, “Everyone was moved when we reached the end of the road, outside the home of a family of young kids whose father recently died tragically. The work drawn was titled ‘Heaven,’ drawn by one of the daughters.”
She continued, “We know that the creativity of this fresh expressions team, led by the Holy Spirit, will lead to many more opportunities to serve, connect and share the good news with our neighbors at Timber Creek Apartments.”