Caring Friends Overview (DRAFT)

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  • This is a draft and the content herin is subject to change.
  • Creates a sense of entitlement which hampers people’s sense of ownership over their own lives
  • Note the house to house. Organic, grassroots movement.
  • Caring Friends Overview (DRAFT)

    1. 1. Caring Friends Network (a ministry of the EFCA North Central District) A (Draft) Overview presented by Paul Ireland – Urban Missionary
    2. 2. What we are doing <ul><li>Empowering individuals to change their lives and transform their neighborhoods one person at a time. </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Strategy: Neighborhood Transformation (NT) <ul><li>NT is strategy developed by CHE (Community Health Evangelism) over the last 30 years, mostly in Africa. </li></ul><ul><li>NT is a proven strategy that is in operation in over 2,500 villages and cities throughout 80 countries that are overseen by 325 teams from 100 different organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>The NT/CHE network provides a wealth of experience, training, and resources (including over 1000 lessons). </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Strategy: Neighborhood Transformation (NT) <ul><li>NT focuses on training individuals to meet wholistic needs (emotional, physical, social, spiritual) in their lives and in other’s lives. </li></ul><ul><li>NT empowers community-ownership . </li></ul><ul><li>NT is designed to be reproducible. </li></ul><ul><li>NT sees possibilities in the neighborhood, not problems , and builds those assets to transform the community from the inside out. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Observed Needs Of The Urban Poor <ul><li>Alcohol and drug dependency </li></ul><ul><li>Spousal and child abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty </li></ul><ul><li>No or sub-standard jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Single moms on welfare </li></ul><ul><li>Poor living conditions </li></ul>
    6. 6. A “Meeting Needs” Approach      Neighborhood A group enters into a community and establishes itself.
    7. 7. A “Meeting Needs” Approach      Neighborhood   The new organization brings in outside resources to offer to the neighborhood.
    8. 8. A “Meeting Needs” Approach      Neighborhood       The new organization brings in outside resources to offer to the neighborhood.
    9. 9. A “Meeting Needs” Approach      Neighborhood       <ul><li>Problems: </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Dependency </li></ul><ul><li>Entitlement </li></ul>
    10. 10. Real Needs Of The Urban Poor <ul><li>Feeling of hopelessness. </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling of fatalism and “I can’t change anything”. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t know what needs to change nor how to go about doing it. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t know how to access </li></ul><ul><li>services available to them. </li></ul><ul><li>Not organized to help </li></ul><ul><li>change themselves or </li></ul><ul><li>neighborhood. </li></ul>
    11. 11. A Shift: Seeing the Assets <ul><li>There are many people with skills, passions, gifting, and knowledge that can be shared. </li></ul><ul><li>There are many associations and networks already functioning in the neighborhood. </li></ul><ul><li>There are many people and networks waiting to be used. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Asset-based NT Approach     Neighborhood     Training Team enters into a community. Team is often from a church.
    13. 13. Asset-based NT Approach Neighborhood         Training Team watches, listens, asks questions, and engages community to learn and build relationships.
    14. 14. Asset-based NT Approach Neighborhood <ul><li>Job coaching </li></ul><ul><li>Small business </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring </li></ul>     <ul><li>Trainers can access over 1,000 lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant </li></ul><ul><li>Address Felt Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Participatory Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to Reproduce </li></ul><ul><li>Personal finance </li></ul><ul><li>Home repair </li></ul><ul><li>Stress Management </li></ul><ul><li>Family Health </li></ul><ul><li>Women’s health </li></ul><ul><li>Prenatal Health </li></ul><ul><li>Community Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Parenting </li></ul><ul><li>Caring for others </li></ul>
    15. 15. Asset-based NT Approach Neighborhood              Training team Equips and Empowers community members.
    16. 16. Asset-based NT Approach Neighborhood                  Training team Equips and Empowers community members.
    17. 17. Asset-based NT Approach Neighborhood     Community members meet others house-to house, sharing what they have learned.             
    18. 18. Asset-based NT Approach Neighborhood                  Community members meet others house-to house, sharing what they have learned.
    19. 19. Asset-based NT Approach Neighborhood                            The result: a grassroots community movement that transforms the neighborhood and eventually the city.
    20. 20. Asset-based NT Approach Neighborhood                            <ul><li>Who are these people? </li></ul><ul><li>Retired workers </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced mothers </li></ul><ul><li>Men who want to be life coaches </li></ul><ul><li>Families who want to help other families </li></ul>
    21. 21. Again, what is NT? <ul><li>A multi-faceted, neighborhood-based, development strategy that deals with the WHOLE person in urban poor areas which builds on their assets. </li></ul>
    22. 22. The Outcome <ul><li>Transformed Lives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People taking responsibility for their own lives. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People living in hope rather than oppressed by hopelessness. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People knowing and growing in Christ. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transformed communities from the inside </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People know neighbors and helping each other. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improvement in employment and living conditions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduction in disease, crime, drug and alcohol addiction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transformed churches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy, growing, community-engaged churches. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vibrant, community-impacting new church-plants. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greater unity among churches through working together. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transformed cities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Revitalized neighborhoods impacting nearby neighborhoods. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neighborhoods throughout city using the urban ministry networked together to learn from and encourage each other. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whole cities being transformed. </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. Recap <ul><li>The Caring Friends Network will use a NT strategy to transform Minneapolis and St. Paul by empowering individuals to change their lives and transform their neighborhoods one person at a time. </li></ul>
    24. 24. Recap <ul><li>NT is a proven strategy. On our team are people who have implemented this overseas and those who are trained to do this in Urban areas of America. </li></ul><ul><li>Uses a Biblical model (see next Powerpoint). </li></ul><ul><li>For more information on Neighborhood Transformation, see: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.neighborhoodtransformation.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.chenetwork.org/ </li></ul></ul>

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