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Building Innovation is a collection of stories by 90.5 fm WESA reporters about the Pittsburgh region focusing on efficient government operation, infrastructure and transportation, innovative practices, energy and environment and neighborhoods and community.

Homewood Festival Hopes to Build Stronger Community Ties

A Homewood church is sponsoring a community day celebration on Sunday in hopes of building stronger ties in a neighborhood that is plagued by violence.

This will be the festival’s 10th year, and it is sponsored by Homewood Baptist Temple at 7421 Race Street.  

The festival is free and will include free food and drinks, games and a school supply giveaway. Uniformed police officers will be there helping volunteers.

“The community needs to see officers in a different role,” said the Rev. Rodney Lyde, who is organizing the event. “Not just when they’re responding to a call to combat crime, but to see them also as those who are invested in serving and making the community better.”