Board Member Missive

Board Member Rachel Rudeen riding her bike.

Hi neighbors, Rachel Rudeen here. I’m a Boise native and current chair of the Community Building committee. While I’m a new board member, I’m not new to this neighborhood. I’ve been appreciating this neighborhood since my youthful days of doing landscape work. I then moved into the area and had fun exploring a budding entrepreneurial dream of putting a coffee bar in Jerry’s Market. Obviously that did work out but eventually Alchemist arrived to fill that need. When it came time to buy a house and start our family, this neighborhood was the obvious choice for us to feel at home.

The thing I’ve learned about homes, especially ours, which was built in 1938, is that they all have flaws. Some of those flaws can be addressed with a fresh coat of paint or updated flooring but others we just have to live with. The growing pains of living in a near-urban neighborhood feel very similar. Being blocks from transitional housing and on the corner of an unofficial route to the nearest convenience store and Fairview Park, we see a lot of loitering and littering along our sidewalk and alleyway. This situation isn’t anything I can control without moving but I have also never felt threatened or unsafe. 

We contacted the Boise Police Department’s community liaison who came to our home and walked us through things we could change to ensure our family’s safety while deterring theft and loitering. Locking gates and motion flood lights were a simple change to make our home feel more secure. Getting involved with the board and working to strengthen our community bonds is a way I see to make our neighborhood more secure. I hope to continue building relationships in the neighborhood and look forward to seeing where our citizen action takes this neighborhood.   

Please feel free to reach out to me if you’re interested in being a part of the Community Building committee or just want to help with events –  

Speaking of events, please come say hi at the Hallo-WENA Block Party.


Whittier Community Garden Potluck

Come join us for a potluck at the Whittier Garden this Sunday, October 9th and 5:00 pm.  Bring lawn chairs or blankets, plates/cups/silverware (to reduce waste), and food or drink to share.  We’ll take the opportunity to celebrate how far we’ve come and discuss future garden organization in light of our anticipated expansion. 

Can’t come but want to hear more about the garden or get involved? Email

West End Halloween Event


Please join us on Saturday, October 29th from 4-7pm at Fairview Park for a Halloween themed block party. We have games and activities planned for the event but want to make you aware of THREE contests:

1. House Decorating Contest- WENA will be awarding the three best decorated houses on Saturday morning, October 29th so get your spooky decorations out in preparation for Halloween. An award sign will be posted in your front lawn if you have won.

2. Costume Contest- Make sure to check-in at the WENA table on Saturday during the block party to enter your costume for the costume contest. Winners will be announced during the block party around 6pm.

3. Pumpkin Carving Contest- Please bring your carved pumpkin to display at the block party. (**NOTE: We will not be carving at the block party). Winning pumpkins will be awarded a prize during the block party on Saturday the 29th.

Can’t wait to see you all there!