In the News: Asset Based Community Development

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The Muskegon Chronicle highlighted CFA member Kimi Zimmerman (Community enCompass) in a February 8th on-line article.  Writer Dave Alexander describes the neighborhood transformation taking place in the McLaughlin neighborhood of Muskegon, MI, and focuses on the principles of Asset Based Community Development as the catalyst for change.  He quotes member Kimi Zimmerman, “This neighborhood has grasped the concepts and put them to work here in Muskegon.”  She continues, “We are seeing a beautiful transformation taking place.” Click here to read the full article.

Neighborhood Change: A Better Way

View this great video from one CFA member, and see what happens when neighbors,
“…call out each other’s gifts, and fill in for each other’s weaknesses.”

 

 

A Better Way from CFA Videos on Vimeo.

Kimi Zimmerman, Community enCompass

Bethany Housing Resident Models “Good Neighbor”

Kimi Zimmerman – Community enCompass

Theresa’s story is exciting to me because it accomplishes exactly what I think ABCD is all about. It opens the door for all neighbors to give what they have been given to make a difference in a community…one life at a time. What a story of hope! and doing life together! and love for our neighbor. Theresa was given hope when a community believed in her and worked with her and made room for her to become more of who God intended her to be and in turn we are watching her do the same in the lives of the children around her.

Theresa Higdon is an everyday hero who understands the value of neighbors working together to achieve great things.  Even while she strives to move forward with her life, she works hard to accomplish great things in our community.  Theresa became a member of the McLaughlin community when she entered our Bethany Transitional Housing Program after a number of homeless episodes.  She progressed to the point of becoming part of our Home Ownership Program and is currently leasing with the option to purchase her home while she continues to work on repairing her credit.

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Neighborhood Youth Camp in Muskegon

CFA AmeriCorps has a new blog post that you should check out:

http://communitiesfirstassociationamericorps.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/neighborhood-youth-camp-in-muskegon/

Neighborhood Beautification

Neighborhood Beautification from CFA Videos on Vimeo.


Some residents of a neighborhood in Muskegon, MI decided to take their neighborhood back and beautify it.www.communityencompass.org
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Community Betterment
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Community Garden

Community Garden from CFA Videos on Vimeo.


How can you bring neighbors together and encourage neighborhood involvement? Start a community garden.www.communityencompass.org
Posted: June 7, 2009          DOWNLOAD QUICKTIME
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This Is George

This Is George from CFA Videos on Vimeo.


This is a story about how simply showing someone they are needed can change their life.
Posted: Aug. 28, 2008          DOWNLOAD QUICKTIME
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Healthy Neighborhood Project

Healthy Neighborhood Project from CFA Videos on Vimeo.


The Healthy Neighborhood Project is organized around the philosophy of helping people in the community fund and implement ideas around THEIR gifts and interests.
Posted: Dec. 3rd, 2007 DOWNLOAD QUICKTIME
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Inviting Neighborhood Participation

Inviting Neighborhood Participation from CFA Videos on Vimeo.


This video illustrates a 5 question door-to-door survey that you can ask neighbors to invite participation in community development. Going door-to-door and talking with neighbors about their neighborhoods helps people connect with one another, and also helps to define a neighborhood community vision from the residents themselves.
Posted: Nov. 9th, 2007 DOWNLOAD QUICKTIME
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Sacred Suds: Moving From Betterment to Development

Sacred Suds: Moving from Betterment to Development from CFA Videos on Vimeo.


Sacred Suds started out simply as a betterment agency where people could wash their clothes and take showers. But as they started talking to more of their neighbors they realized the neighborhood had greater needs than just cleanliness. The first step Sacred took towards development was an ESL class.
Posted: Oct. 11th, 2007 DOWNLOAD QUICKTIME
Betterment to Development
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