Mrs. Noblett front and center with her family. (Interview by Kisha Greer)
Today, let’s meet Victoria Noblett. Victoria is considered a matriarch within the Mitchell Heights neighborhood in the combining of God’s work (The City Builders Organization) with the educational institutions (Treadwell Elementary/High School). Listen to her impactful story as she explains how her love for change has helped Mitchell Heights.
A brief introduction of this wonderful lady:
Victoria loves her family and enjoys assisting others. Victoria is married to Steve Noblett and they have three beautiful children: Angela Strange (married to Ira Strange) who currently resides in Washington, D.C., Alyssa Gordon & Baby Maddie, and Paul Rogers.
How did you get involved with the Mitchell Heights Community? I got involved with the Mitchell Heights Community through the Covenant Church (formerly located at Faxon and Highland St.). As a group, we began reaching out to the community. During this process, we received an urban youth initiative grant that allowed us to found the organization City Builders Youth Organization. This grant allowed the organization to work Treadwell Elementary and Middle/High School to assist the youth. As a substitute educator and volunteer, I worked with both educational institutes to build relationships with the staff as well as the youth. This involvement allowed me to build long lasting relationships educationally and personally.
How has your influence impacted the youth/residents of Mitchell Heights? Not speaking personally based on the individuals I have worked with, I can tell you how I hope that my influence has impacted others. The one thing I want people to know that come into contact with me is that God created each person with dignity and purpose as well as in his own image. God has a purpose for everyone. I hope I have been able to help people, especially the youth, see this vision. Overall, I really have love and passion for people. I believe that God has instilled this within me, particularly for the youth in Mitchell Heights. No matter the road you have traveled in life, we all have experienced hard times (economically, educationally, etc.). In the end, God will see us through. God has blessed me with multiple opportunities and I want to be the individual that passes this blessing on to others. I want to empower people to reach for all God has for them.
What is your vision for the community? My vision for the community is based on the vision of God, his will on earth as it is in heaven. I see Mitchell Heights as a place where people are neighbors. The neighborhood has a huge sense of family and history. What would happen is that people will know each other and assist others. I would love to see this vision communicated more to this generation within the community. The community can have a family, outside of their immediate family, which watches out for them. This community will also include the following: a safe environment for the youth to go, educational institutes open before and after school to assist, and more involvement from the churches. Once these ingredients are combined together within the melting pot for the whole and not individually, then the community can prosper. This vision will really start when neighbors become neighbors. As neighbors, we tend to get numb and passionless. This mindset has to change in order for the neighborhood to get better and for people to get excited.
How can the residents/community assist you in meeting his particular goal? The community can assist by starting person to person by doing the following: take a responsibility for your block no matter the location, meet your neighbors, keep your block cleaned, ensure safety amongst your block, and mentor neighbors. You do not have to have a building or a program, but be a positive influence to others. This community has so many great things that people look for, but the mindset of the individuals is that they have to go outside to seek these resources, etc. The best is within Mitchell Heights and as a whole we have to open our eyes and appreciate what’s in front of us.