Article Archive: social capital and community building

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.

Elected officials listen to those who got them into office, so when individuals and communities don't vote, they give up political power and voice. In this Snapshot, Lindsey Hodel, field director of Nonprofit VOTE, explains why voter engagement is essential to community development.

We regularly make assumptions about those who are unemployed, depressed, ex-offenders, or homeless. In this humbling and reflective talk, Rod Jones uses Images of Grace, a photography project of Grace Hill Settlement House to show why we must suspend judgement and really learn the lived experiences of our neighbors.

This set of infographics tell the story of inequity in America and the work of human-serving organizations to reduce it in their communities. It features visual data on disproportional resources and opportunities in our country.The infographics address a variety of focus areas of the Alliance network such as behavioral health, child welfare, education, workforce development, housing, and transportation.

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.

Multiple benefits attributed to the health and wellness programming at four community centers extending beyond improved health and wellness are described in the new white paper, Using Authentic Engagement to Improve Health Outcomes, by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and sponsored by Aramark.

This white paper documents the Alliance's role as lead facilitator in a Michigan initiative to assess the feasibility of, and develop a phased implementation timeline for, a performance-based funding model for the child welfare system.The Alliance was able to achieve goals outlined by the legislature through its diverse skills and knowledge and a unique approach founded in authentic engagement.

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.

What’s the secret ingredient to health, well-being and sustainable communities? The answer is Resident Engagement. But how do organizations engage more people, more deeply, more effectively?

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