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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Maximizing Urban Agriculture Toolkit

It’s no secret that proximity to a garden increases access to food and nutrition, but urban agriculture also enhances physical health and well-being, community development, cultural enrichment, and more.

Developed with expertise from Pillsbury United Communities and Baker Ripley, Aramark and the Alliance partnered to create the Maximizing Urban Agriculture toolkit. Inside this toolkit, you will find the critical components to consider when creating and implementing your own community approach to urban farming.

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Health and Wellness Resources

Photo of girl proudly showing a carrot grown in community garden

To support community-based health and wellness efforts, the Alliance provides all members with free access to Healthy For Life®, an online portal from the American Heart Association, developed in partnership with Aramark. This full suite of health and wellness resources, including a complete curriculum, facilitator guides, videos, and more, is ready to share with community members.

Proven Success
The curriculum was found to be effective in achieving positive behavior change among program participants by 10 Alliance members.

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