The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ Center for Engagement and Neighborhood Building is designed to virtually unite stakeholders of all types in studying and promoting the efficacy of settlement house movement values. This movement's values recognize that all individuals, families, and communities, no matter how challenged, possess aspirations and strengths that can be the foundation for meaningful, lasting change.

The practice of authentically engaging individuals in identifying their own strengths, aspirations, and solutions was used by the first settlement workers and it holds true today. It is evident that building on individual and community assets and engaging neighbors and constituents as decision makers creates more lasting and effective change than a model where outside “experts” conceive and impose solutions. Authentic engagement and person-centered and strength-based orientations have demonstrated efficacy when adopted by organizations that work to build stronger communities.

Resources Collection

This collection includes resources on the settlement movement, civic engagement, and more. Members: Log in to access the Alliance library.

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Settlement Movement

Learn about the late 19th-century pioneers who built community by bridging social classes, opening their homes, and fostering relationships.

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Aramark Partnership

Together, we have mobilized Aramark volunteers, neighbors, and community centers to make an impact in local neighborhoods.

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Health and Wellness Resources

Aramark Building Community Academy features health and wellness resources to enhance the operational and program excellence of community centers.