Upcoming Events

Take back drug Initiative
Date TBD
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1419 N 17th Street
Belleville, IL 62226
Time TBD

Volunteer Appreciation
Date TBD
Swansea Firehouse #2
144 Huntwood Road
Swansea, IL 62226
Time TBD

Summer Camp Begins
Date TBD

Quarterly Community Meeting
Date TBD
Swansea Firehouse #2
144 Huntwood Road
Swansea, IL 62226
Time TBD

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The 17th Street Corridor Neighborhood Association was born of the concern by the people of Swansea/Belleville. Under the leadership of Rev. Michelle Parsons and her late husband Shon Parsons; 17th Street CNA was born.

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Senior News

March Community Meeting
Did you know that there is an agency dedicated to serving the needs of the mature adult?
Did you know they provide activities, lunches and other social and recreational opportunities for seniors who need or would like to enhance their life?
Did you know that if a senior in your family needs individual assistance in counseling or community referrals, it is available through the Older Adult Counseling at the Area Agency on Aging office at PSOP?

Illinois Department on Aging – Lifespan Respite Program
In 2009, the Illinois Department on Aging was awarded funding by the Administration on Aging through the Lifespan Respite Care Act (Public Law 109-442). Objectives of this three year project are:

  • Establish an emergency respite program
  • Create a respite website listing resources and training opportunities
  • Improve the collaboration among state agencies providing respite funding
  • Train caregivers and volunteers to provide respite

The goal of the Lifespan Emergency Respite Program is to offer funding and resources to support caregivers of children with special needs or adults with special needs who have an urgent need for respite care in the absence of any other funding source. The program supports the caregiver’s decision to request emergency respite care and determine where the care will be delivered and by whom.

Youth Corner

Wings of Hope
We met for two meetings in March to discuss up-coming events and they worked one service project for 17th Street’s Quarterly Community Meeting.

The girls have been very busy with school and we want to congratulate them for their grades. They have all been working hard to stay on top. Also congratulations to Raven L. for making the Belleville West Girls Soccer team. We want to support all our ladies in all they set out to do. The ladies next meeting is scheduled in late April.

For more information about any of our programs please con-tact Angie Brown, Program Director.


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Young Women of Achievement

Vondell Burns resident of the 17th Street Corridor was among several high school achievers to receive recognition. Student at Belleville West High School, is the daughter of Aretha Burns of Belleville.Her greatest competitive successes have come as a public speaker. She placed second her junior year at the IH-SA state tournament in declamation and original oratory. Her original speech titled “Think Before You Speak” placed 15th in the nation out of 250 competitors at the National Forensic League national tournament. This sea-son, as a senior, Vondell received multiple first-place finishes at invitational tournaments, won the regional championship and has a good chance of advancing to the state tournament with her oratorical declamation “If I Should Have a Daughter.” Her talent extends to dance as well. Vondell has been very instrumental in Harambee Choreographing and producing several segments of the 2012 Harambee Show. She has received several awards and achievements to include a full-ride scholarship to Howard University, with her focus on International Business. Congratulations Young Achiever!!!!!

Entrepreneur of the Quarter

There comes a time in one’s life when you are con-fronted with the chance to help inspire and to help make a difference; this wonderful opportunity was given to me in the form of making available 17th Street’s Newsletter to help launch a new page that will highlight up and coming young, bright, local, entrepreneurs in our communities.

I was totally in awe of the number of young inspired people that are in our communities, which are doing great things to help our country to regain the blessed status that was once ours.

My opportunity came to me when our organization was the recipient of an honorarium at a community event, at this event many small business owners were in attendance; among them was a shining star that was in the person of a young lady by the name of Sarah Silvia. It is my privilege to spotlight our first Young Entrepreneur and her unique business. “Sarah’s Duct Tape Creations.”

With this honor of being the first young entrepreneur to grace 17th Street’s Newsletter, her business will have the opportunity to become one of many businesses to be placed on our website as a member/ partner, with this many people in our communities will be able to contact Sarah to find out more about, and purchase her wonderful and unique creations. Congratulations to our Young Entrepreneur of the Quarter, Sarah Silvia.

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Blanche’s Balance and Life Recipe


  • Cooking spray
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon extra- virgin olive oil
  • 4 large organic eggs
  • 1 pound organic chicken breast, cut in to 2” strips

Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and set a wire rack on the baking sheet coated lightly with cooking spray. Place almonds, wheat flour, and peppers in a food processor and process approximately a minute, until almonds are finely chopped. While still mixing, drizzle in oil. Process until combined. Transfer to shallow dish. Dip and coat evenly. Place chicken on the prepared rack and coat with cooking spray. Turn and spray on the other side. Bake until golden brown, crispy, and no longer pink in the center (20 to 25 minutes). Makes 10 servings

Picture of 17th St CNA President

A Message from the President

Each morning as I open my eyes to a new day I’m fully aware that the road that I will travel this day can and will be sprinkled with many unknowns. I can hope…

– Gloria Crowder