“I don’t think this neighborhood would be the same if there’s no Hope Community here. …it was shocking for me, you know, why build it for this neighborhood the way it is, but I start trusting them when build the second building and the third building and the things are changing. I said then, I can show you now and that is the reason I am here right now. Hope is giving us everything, tools we need, this neighborhood to be safe. They are pushing day after day.”
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.