“To begin, we were just little. We were temporary shelter—an oasis. Sanctuary for women and kids who were homeless. And, we had the space, and the goal was just to provide some safety and community for people who were pretty isolated. And it was pretty dark times for them. Some people assume that the problems of the inner city can be solved by getting rid of the inner city people. And we had learned before that the people weren’t the problem, the people were the solution.”
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.