Engagement & Neighborhood Building News & Headlines
This Alliance member profile showcases the power of authentic engagement—approaches that support families and communities in developing and applying their strengths and gifts to achieve their goals. Bridge Meadows in Portland, Oregon, is an intentional multi-generational housing community that is home to three generations of residents—former foster youth, adoptive parents, and elders. Through its multi-systems approach, this model integrates child welfare, foster care, affordable housing, and elder services solutions to create deep, sustained impact in the lives of residents.
This Alliance member profile showcases the power of authentic engagement—approaches that support families and communities in developing and applying their strengths and gifts to achieve their goals. The Rockford Housing Authority (RHA), through restructuring and reorientation including the creation of its nonprofit subsidiary Bridge Rockford Alliance, has set out to provide more than just housing. It operates with the belief that housing as a pathway to increased stability, well-being, and community engagement.
When someone is unemployed, homeless, or carries a criminal record, do we listen and learn their lived experiences, or do we bring biases and judgments to our work. In this humbling and reflective talk, Rod Jones, president and CEO of Alliance for Strong Families and Communities member Grace Hill Settlement House, describes a powerful photography project and how it helped him to identify and move beyond his own judgments.
Aramark and the Alliance have created a partnership that uses a shared value approach to philanthropy. This partnership has mobilized Aramark volunteers, neighbors, community centers, and stakeholders to help improve neighborhoods and make a difference in the lives of children and families. This report articulates the breadth and depth of the partnership's positive results.
Appreciative inquiry is an interview method that serves as a strengths-based approach to analysis, decision making, and planning. It can be used to strengthen relationships, fuel innovation, and increase productivity by uncovering and maximizing the assets of individuals, organizations, or communities. Appreciative inquiry is applied across many situations, industries, and sectors.
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