There’s a thread over on OrangePolitics (“Historic Rogers Road Community Enhancement Plan Development and Monitoring Task Force “) covering the historic ills and vexations of the Rogers Road community.

I plan to discuss some of the comments in a future post but couldn’t pass up this request by Rev. Robert Campbell (who, thankfully, has recently joined that forum to bring his 34 years of Rogers Road experience to the local ‘blog-o-spheres attention).

The Faith Tabernacle Church will have its Back to School Bash on 08-11-07. We give out school supplies to school age children on this date. Drop off your donations at 8005 Rogers Road to show your support to unify this community as well as Orange County for this back to [school] bash is for [all] no matter where you are from.

Love can go far.

Robert Campbell
919-933-6210

As this recent Carrboro Citizen article (” Be it further resolved”) by Taylor Sisk reveals, Rev. Campbell is neither a stranger to the Rogers Road community

The sanctuary of the Faith Tabernacle Oasis of Love Church is certainly no refuge for Robert Campbell. Outreach is his calling. For 34 years, Rev. Campbell has been ministering to the needs of a finely knit community on and around Rogers Road of, as Campbell observes, “many faces, many skills.”

or a weak advocate for their cause

Campbell quickly became active in the community. He recalls that things “really escalated in the latter part of the ‘80s, right on into the middle part of the ‘90s, when they really began to start searching for another place to put a landfill, and we spent countless hours negotiating with the politicians—right here in this sanctuary. We had it set up where you had community members that were part of a fact-finding group that came up with ideas, that came up with things that the neighborhood wanted done.”

Tonight, responding to a series of comments, Rev. Campbell provided some context and then suggested how the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community can pitch in to help their neighbors (Rev. Campbell is new to this, I edited his comments slightly for clarity):

We do many things out on Rogers Road promoting the good will of this community. We do not sit back and do nothing.

The good neighbor program has not worked for this part of Chapel Hill. Rather all government agents have over looked this area when it comes to enhancement. Took pave roads some twenty plus years to come to this community. Municipal water – I will go as far as to say the municipality dropped the ball when Robert’s Assocation did the first development in this community.

Someone looked the other way – no water, no sewage, no sidewalks, no real insight for the future. And we are still making excuses. Let us do the right thing now. Let us help make Orange County a better place.

We are to be our brother keeper. Let us look one another in deed, let us be doers of the word and not just hearers and talkers. Let us work together.

With this said, the Faith Tabernacle Church will have its Back to School Bash on 08-11-07. We give out school supplies to school age children on this date. Drop off your donations at 8005 Rogers Road to show your support to unify this community as well as Orange County for this back to [school] bash is for [all] no matter where you are from.

Love can go far.

Robert Campbell
919 -933-6210
1711 Purefoy Dr.
Chapel Hill N.C. ,27516

Simple. Straightforward. Practical. I like it and, after a quick check with Robert to see what is needed most (the results I’ll post here), will be dropping some supplies by soon.

Unedited version follows:

WE DO MANY THING OUT ON ROGERS ROAD TO PROMOTING THE GOOD WILL OF THIS COMMUNITY WE DO NOT SET BACK AND DO NOTHING THE GOOD NEIGHBOR
PROGRAM HAVE NOT WORKED FOR THIS PART OF CHAPEL HILL RATHER ALL GOVERNMENT AGENTS HAVE OVER LOOKED THIS AREA WHEN IT COME TO ENHANCEMENT.TOOK PAVE ROADS SOME TWENTY PLUS YEARS TO COME TO THIS COMMUNITY MUNICIPAL WATER
I WILL GO AS FAR AS TO SAY THE MUNICIPALITY DROP THE BALL WHEN ROBERT’S ASSOCATION DID THE FRIST DEVELOPMENTIN THIS COMMUNITY SOME ONE LOOK THE OTHER WAY, NO WATER , NO SEWAGE , NO SIDEWALKS
NO REAL INSIGHT FOR THE FUTURE. AND WE ARE STILL MAKING EXCUSES LET US DO THE RIGHT THING NOW LET US HELP MAKE ORANGE COUNTY A BETTER PLACE WE ARE TO BE OUR BROTHER KEEPER LET US LOOK ONE ANOTHER IN DEED , LET US BE DOERS OF THE WORD AND NOT JUST HEARDER AND TALKER LET US WORK TOGETHER .WITH THIS SAID THE FAITH TABERNACLE CHURCH WILL HAVE IT
BACK TO SCHOOL BASH ON 08-11-07 WE GIVE OUT SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO SCHOOL AGE CHILDRENON THIS DATE
DROP OFF YOUR DONATIONS AT 8005 ROGERS ROAD TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TO UNIFY THIS COMMUNITY AS WELL AS ORANGE COUNTY FOR THIS BACK TO BASH IS FOR AS NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE FROM. LOVE CAN GO FAR.
ROBERT CAMPBELL

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