Melanie and her mother used to love going to parks when she was little. “My mom would pick out someone in the park who was around my same age,” says Melanie. “She’d say to me to go over and introduce myself and say ‘Hi my name is Melanie do you want to play with me?’ and that’s what I did and that’s what I pretty much continue to do to this day.”
When Melanie and her husband Ryan moved to Dupont with their son Luke, they knew they had found their ideal community. “You walk down the street and everybody waves at you,” says Ryan. After arriving, Melanie joined up with some fellow neighbors to create P.A.R.C.S.- a citizen led non-profit with the goal to rejuvenate the parks, recreation, and facilities currently available in the City of DuPont.
Ryan and Melanie have been married over 15 years, having met shortly before he was deployed to Iraq. Ryan admires Melanie’s “superpower” for reaching her goals and credits it for giving her the energy and tenacity to create P.A.R.C.S and work to better the community of Dupont. Melanie admires Ryan’s service to the country in Iraq and his commitment to their family and community. Together they are loving living in their new community and are committed to leaving it better than they found it.
“Just go next door and meet your neighbor,” says Ryan. “Just by taking that initial step you’re going to open up a new connection.”
What happens when you meet your neighbors? How can we increase the feeling of connection between members of our community and their neighbors? Over the past few months we here at Windermere Professional Partners have set out to answer those questions. Based on recommendations from our REALTORS® we set out with a camera crew to speak to our neighbors from the heart about what it means to be a neighbor, to live life fully, and to connect with our community.