Posted by anhptran on September 27, 2010
Last week, we reflected on the last 6 sessions at Tuesdays Together.
Nikki mentioned that she was “getting better expressing myself.”
Lyn mentioned “I look forward to Tuesday. “
Over the last 6 weeks, we learned communication skills, creating personal commercials to connect to others. More importantly, “we learned how information can be passed on so easily in the network to help others and yourself.”
Join us over the next few weeks as we develop our communication skills and continue building the workforce circle in the Wheaton network.
Posted in Economic Empowerment, Tuesdays Together, Wheaton | 1 Comment »
Posted by soriasoria on September 23, 2010
Our fifth Long Branch English Mutual Support Circle was held August 12, 2010 at Nob Hill Apartments with the participation of eleven neighbors from the Long Branch area. Our friend Jose made Dominican food for the group and we all enjoyed before starting our English class.
Alicia lead the our traditional Check – In she was great from explaining what is a check in to Kenneth our newest member to join the English circle to greeting our Executive Director Frankie Blackburn that was part of and English group.
Irene, Samy and Cesar are leading the groups and having excellent response from Teresa who can now start making sentences on her own. Sonia went to the doctor with her daughter and got on the bus for the first time and asked the driver to tell her when they had to get of at the hospital, WOW! We are so proud of our neighbors.
Its incredible how the group has grown and how much support they are receiving from their own neighbors.
See you next week for our Mutual Support English Circle # 6.
I am, you are, we are: Community!
Posted in Community Connectors, Community Network Building, Coordinators, Long Branch, Neighbor Circles, Neighbor Corps, Neighbors Exchange, Nonprofit Partners, Stories | 1 Comment »
Posted by Alix Nunan on September 21, 2010
Last Tuesday, I asked some participants how they ended up at Tuesdays Together what they like to do there. Only problem–no one wanted to stop talking about how great Tuesdays Together is once they’d started! Here are some of the responses I got:
Roxana: I came to Catholic Charities to find information about a job and I met Megan, and she asked if I wanted to work with IMPACT Silver Spring–not for daycare but for “nightcare.” I met new people every Tuesday. I met lots of people who are gone now, like Bob and Samantha, and I hope they come back! Each week with the kids we’ll watch a movie or go to the playground or play games.
Manuel: I knew about Tuesdays Together because of Megan. When I started working for Community First, part of LEDC, I was invited to work at a food collection day. Megan was the first person I met, and she invited me to Tuesdays Together. I’ve gotten quite a few clients from people I’ve met; I have some people who can give them the basics of financial education, basic things like importance of having an account, importance of having insurance, importance of having savings… We also have a program where we help people start their credit. Actually, three or four people from here have been able to get a loan from LEDC. There have been a few occasions when people from here have dreamed to have a small business, so I transferred them over to LEDC which actually teaches a class and explain to them what is the best way to begin their business. We have people who want to send money back to their loved ones in other countries and they do that through our organization! Through Megan, we learned more about our organizations, so when I have clients that might want to be involved with IMPACT, I send them to Tuesdays Together or to Megan, and she sends clients to me. It’s like a big family of favors. People who have come to Tuesdays Together and keep coming to me, they feel comfortable to come over to me when they need a job, when their family needs help. I like it because it’s not just about bringing business to my organization, but helping people.
Cordelia: They put one of those door-hangers on my door that said “Sorry that we missed you,” and I said, “Hmmm,” and gave it a try. That was back in May. I liked it, so I kept coming back. We go around the circle and say your name, where you’re from, and one good thing that happened to you that week. Then we break out into our circles. I’m with Anh in the workforce group. One week she did a nice thing on a long piece of paper about culture, your family, your neighborhood and what you can do to better your impact. Unfortunately today’s going to be our last day. Some people are going to go to part of a Wheaton Workforce program for health care, and some people are going to go to a Tech circle. We don’t stay in here always, sometimes we go on picnics, take the kids to the playground, go to IMPACT in Silver Spring. I’m growing with this organization, learning, learning, learning.
Elvia: I found out from a friend that mentioned that IMPACT was here and meets on Tuesdays, but I didn’t have the time. Then one Tuesday, I had a friend who’d hurt his hand I and brought him to Catholic Charities, and then I saw a bunch of people on this side of the building from Tuesdays Together. They invited my friend and me to come. It’s been about a month and a half since I came that first day. When I came then, I told everyone in the mutual support circle my situation, that I was looking for a job, and I got my first customer already, cleaning houses. I always go to mutual support. I like it, but I’m looking forward to moving to another group to meet more people. For the time being I’m going to stay in mutual support, but in the future I’ll go to the English class. My favorite thing about coming here is that I can get away from the things I do on a daily basis, not only to meet people, but to be able to share my story with a group that understands and listens.
How did you learn about the Neighborhood Opportunity Network? Share your story with us, too!
Posted in Door Knocking, Empowerment Circles, Stories, Tuesdays Together, Wheaton | Leave a Comment »
Posted by anhptran on September 14, 2010
Last Tuesday, Mary brought her sister-in-law, Violet to join the circle. The group asked Violet to introduce herself and tell us about her work in Kenya. Violet works with victims of domestic violence in Kenya, and was visiting for a few weeks. For our gathering, Mary and Violet made samosas to share with everyone.
After some storytelling, we listened to Michael Jackson, and added new connections we made over the last weeks to our network maps. Ade added her connections volunteering for the governor’s campaign, and added her new connection to Violet. The group decided to bring a new visitor to join the circle next week.
Join us as we revisit our network surveys, network maps, and develop our personal pitches to continue to create new connections.
Posted in Coordinators | Leave a Comment »
Posted by anhptran on September 7, 2010
We started with islands. Cordelia, Ade, and Woyine.
Who can connect you to someone else? As a network guide at IMPACT, Abebech can connect Cordelia and Woyine, building new networks. Abebech becomes a bridge on the network map.
Who can connect you to someone else outside our circle? Barbara mentions her neighbor Ian. Ian, formerly an island on our map, is connected to Barbara and now connected to others in the circle.
While the focus of last week’s session was on building bridges to new networks, we have seen the value of building bridges within our circle over the last few weeks. In the mutual support circle, Cordelia mentioned the need for rental insurance in her apartment. Lyn offers her suggestions, and offers a connection to help her with low rates.
Last Tuesday, Woyine even brought her sister, Beli. Beli brought along her two friends, Amy and Meseret to visit our circle. We witnessed the power of building new networks in the room, making new connections to our existing map. Mary Okech mentions, “I feel comfortable because it is easy to share our needs.”
Join us tonight at Tuesdays Together, 12247 Georgia Ave., as we continue to add to our networks and develop a personal pitch to share our gifts and talents.
Posted in Economic Empowerment, Empowerment Circles, Tuesdays Together, Wheaton | Leave a Comment »
Posted by soriasoria on September 2, 2010
Long Branch - Nob Hill: English Circle Group Picture.
August 30, 2010 was our fourth Nob Hill English mutual support circle this time with a record number of 16 neighbors from the Long Branch area. Two hours of non stop mutual support and English teaching between neighbors. We had 3 groups with their own teachers supporting their neighbors on how to communicate at work in English.
Samuel teaching Jose.
After our traditional Impact Check – in we divided our neighbors in three groups, Andre a student from Montgomery College, Irene a neighbor from Nob Hill and Samuel a regular student at our English circles took over and started teaching their own neighbors English in a very special and supportive way.
Irene teaching their neighbors!
It was incredible to see how everyone supported their neighbors , Samuel opened his back pack a took out an English book and stared teaching Jose English, Irene made up a song with the days of the week and had all her group sing it WOW!
Next Monday is a holiday but the group is so motivated that when we mentioned that there would not be classes they all said lets do it any way, we felt so good to see them willing to learn and have their neighbors learn as well that we agreed to have classes on a holiday.
We invite you to experience our English mutual support circle and meet our neighbors in Nob Hill every Monday from 7:30 pm to 9:00 and some times a little bit later…
Posted in Community Connectors, Community Network Building, Coordinators, Door Knocking, ESOL, Long Branch, Neighbor Circles, Neighbors Exchange, Nonprofit Partners, Stories | Leave a Comment »