A collection of houses and winding streets don’t make a community. Instead, relationships, camaraderie, and opportunities to gather and celebrate help build a true sense of togetherness. Darol Rodrock understood that. For that reason, in the early 1980s, he created the Rodrock Development Moms’ Council.
Friendships and families are fostered through get-togethers hosted by Darol’s groundbreaking Moms’ Council. An array of family-friendly activities are planned thanks to the Council, including spring egg hunts, Memorial Day pool-opening parties, July 4th bike-a-thons, outdoor movie nights, and pumpkin-carving contests. In December, families adore the holiday hayride and caroling event, which features huge Belgian draft horses pulling wagons down luminary-lit streets. Santa even comes to visit, talking to each child within the community.
These gatherings help new neighbors have fun, but they also build a strong sense of community and help provide families — and, importantly, children — a safe place to grow up. And it’s a difference that resonates deeply with residents.
“The Moms’ Council has provided such a sense of community for our neighborhood and our family,” says Aubree Barbosa of Grayson Place. “When we were looking for a new home, we were hoping to find a neighborhood that had exactly what the Moms’ Council helps to provide. The Moms’ Council to me is about so much more than just holiday events. It’s about the feeling of celebration and community it brings to the neighborhoods lucky enough to have them.”
Aubree’s most beloved event — and the favorite of the majority of her neighborhood — is the holiday sleigh ride and Santa visit. “It’s such a magical time of year, and while having Santa visit your neighborhood is an event in itself, the sleigh ride brings just as much excitement for the kids and families! Our ride is usually early in December, so it just helps to start the holiday season off right. It’s a wonderful event and always has the highest turnout.”
“The Moms’ Council is such a great way to not only engage with your neighbors but to help create memories for your children that will last a lifetime,” Aubree adds.
Even in newer neighborhoods, the impact of the Moms’ Council is profound — and immediate.
“I live in Arbor Woods, and our situation is a bit unique,” says Angel Perkins. “Our neighborhood has been around for 10-plus years, but only in the last few years has Rodrock taken over, and only in the last year have we started a Moms’ Council. We’ve only had one event so far — an Easter egg hunt — but we did have a great turnout, and everyone was excited to finally have a developer who provided great family-friendly events like this! Everyone is looking forward to our next event, a pumpkin-painting party.”
Indeed, fall is a huge time of year for the Moms’ Council, says Tammy Coody, the Moms’ Council Coordinator for Rodrock Development.
“The upcoming events for fall focus a lot on Halloween activities,” she says.
“There are pumpkin-decorating parties, costume parades, refreshments, games, and more. And we’ve already begun working on our famous Holiday Hayrides!”
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told how grateful people are to have this concept offered to them,” Tammy continues. “The Moms’ Council is so important because of the busy lives we lead. It offers the opportunity for residents of all ages to participate in family-oriented activities right in their own ‘backyards.’ It provides a sense of neighborhood connectedness, as well as a sense of belonging. I believe we all still seek that, maybe more so now than ever. The fact that the Moms’ Council is still in place, since the 1980s, speaks volumes to our desire to feel part of a bigger family.”
Darol’s dedication to healthy neighborhoods is unparalleled, in part because he has a greater appreciation than most for family. Growing up in the foster-care system, shuttled from one harsh home to the next, he became acutely aware, as only the dispossessed can, of just what makes a true home. And he’s committed himself to providing one-of-a-kind communities that better families and the city as a whole. And his thoughtful Moms’ Council helps break down the barriers that separate “neighbor” from “friend.”
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