Neighborhood Opportunity Network

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Community Connectors at Family Services in Gaithersburg

Posted by frankieblackburn on March 11, 2009

Sara Reyes, a Community Connector in Gaithersburg

Sara Reyes, a Community Connector in Gaithersburg

I continue to reflect on this amazing moment of discovery and learning, as we all work to kick off the Neighbors Campaign and blend the role of government, non-profits and resident-based leadership. Yesterday, I visited the first Neighborhood Safety Net Center, located in a bright, cheery corner of Family Services, Inc. in Gaithersburg. I got to see three of the new Community Connectors hard at work as they learned how to plug in and use HHS’s data management system. (See picture of Sara Reyes.) I chatted with staff from HHS and Family Services about all of the little bumps in the road, as they work around the clock to make this new site come to life and serve residents in need. We were able to laugh a little and think out loud together about how to maneuver and switch gears a bit midstream. Even though I continue to feel some of the tension in the room – as we each put forth our concerns and interests – the tension feels healthy and leading to a much more productive outcome than if we had just stayed in our separate corners.

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