The power of change can be compelling and for one Tri-State man he's been a staple in the community.
"I wanted to create a new narrative and show people the good that's in the city," says Merrick Korach, Bedford Collab Co-Founder.
Merrick Korach is on a mission.
"We know the end goal is well worth it not only for us, but generations to come," says Korach.
Raised in the River City, he calls the Southside of town his stomping grounds.
"It's home to me," says Korach. "These places here, homes, streets, are all familiar."
Merrick says he considers himself an entrepreneur at heart.
And it's through his change in the Tepe Park Neighborhood, he hopes to make a difference.
"We thought it was a perfect opportunity to make this happen here," says Korach.
At the corner of South Bedford and Madison Avenue, there will be a transformation over the next year with the opening of a community kitchen.
"The goal for is that the change we hope to see here won't be attributed to anyone specific person, but rather a group of people hoping to see a change something greater than themselves."
The site will be a launching pad for growth.
"Often times it by action other people can see, physical change, and impact happening on the Southside of Evansville."
Korach says he's propelled by his faith, and it's through his dedication to Evansville that makes him this week's Hometown Hero.
"What are you good at, gifts, assets, and while staying in that lane offer those to a greater cause and a greater community," says Korach.