“It’s such a successful community project. It’s really important to support it. Its effect is far reaching, I mean, look at it! It’s on two major crossroads-Portland and Franklin. The positive things it is doing is spreading. And if it were to degrade back to what it had been, that would spread also. As far as urban development goes, it’s a brilliant example of what can be done. And it has to be maintained.”
People coming together to create the future of their neighborhoods.
Community celebration at Hope. Photo: Bruce Silcox
The Future is in the People
Hope’s work creates an environment with multiple opportunities – we call them entry points – where people can engage around their interests. What started out as a few programs 10 years ago is now a systematic approach to engaging people in opportunities to build more power for themselves and for their community.
Building Community: What it Takes
• Listen and then engage people around their interests: recognize culture
• Diverse staff build multi-cultural relationships
• People build on strengths and develop their leadership and ownership
• People build networks and connections is core
Our Community Engagement work impacts the broader community, not just Hope tenants, and is at the core of our community revitalization mission. This work is accomplished with a multitude of formal and informal partnerships, connections and networks.