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Community Assessment
Jennifer Kitkowski
Baptist College of Health Sciences

Community Assessment Many dimensions make up a community and allow it to thrive. These dimensions can be assessed to gather data and establish ideas for change to further broaden the community. The community of Greenville, Mississippi is rich in history, founded in 1824, was a cultural and business community for cotton plantations along the Mississippi River. It was destroyed in the Civil War during the siege of Vicksburg. Greenville was rebuilt, and regained its title as a booming agricultural and river port town. In 1927, a the levee dividing the town and the Mississippi River broke, flooding the town for a three month period. Greenville was resurrected again, and was a flourishing cultural and business town (History of Greenville, n.d.). However, over the past several decades, with changes to the economy over the years, movement of the population and poverty has lead to a decline of the town. A closer analysis at the facts, statistics, and resources Greenville has to offer can pinpoint the needs of this community.
Windshield Survey

Greenville, Mississippi is located in Washington County in the Mississippi Delta. The main highways connecting Greenville are Highway 1, Highway 82, and Highway 61. Lake Ferguson, an off-shoot of the Mississippi River, makes up Greenville’s west border, dividing it from Arkansas. The United States Census Bureau states that Greenville has a total area of 26.9 square miles (State and County QuickFacts, 2014). A phenomenological boundary consists of those in an area with like-minded relationships, values, interests, beliefs and goals. Greenville has a large religious community, both Christian and Jewish. Arts and culture play a role in the community as well, with a successful community theater, historical groups, and civic groups. The crime…...

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