“Thank God for the Community,” is a poem that was written by Gloria Black, one of Richardson’s longest living residents, who wanted to show her appreciation for city workers and the many places and events that help make up the community.

From the police and fire department to events such as Cottonwood and the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival, Black writes about all the agencies helping residents every day.

“Thank you for civic servants laborers, for instilling friendships of all its neighbors. Thanks to those who see that nobody dies in the heat and agencies to see nobody live on the street,” Black wrote.

Black has lived in Richardson since 1966.  She first shared the poem a few years ago and it was presented again during this year’s State of the City Address.  Check out the video of Black reading her poem and see why Richardson is a great community to live, work and play.

Visit www.cor.net/stateofthecity to see the Mayor’s State of the City Address.