Neighborhood Opportunity Network

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Door Knocking in Mill Creek Apartments and Wedgewood Townhouse Neighborhoods

Posted by Neighborhood Opportunity Network on March 16, 2009

We knocked on about 200 doors on Saturday – in Mill Creek Apartments and in the Wedgewood Townhouse neighborhood (where many people rent). As our team of 10 brave people took breaks of water and healthy snacks (fruit and nuts!), we reflected on how hard it is to get people to open up in the ten minute conversation. We each have different strategies. Some of us start asking questions about personal life – not related to the economy – and keep a big, warm smile going. (At IMPACT, we refer to this as friendly persistence – a little pushy without being too pushy). Others had more success in telling people about the upcoming Neighbors Exchange and the various resource people who plan to attend and be available to talk about finances, access to health care and jobs. With this prompting, people would open up and talk more about their challenges. Jobs continue to be the top issue on everyone’s mind – with bad credit and health care running close seconds.

My favorite story of the day: Ray Moreno encountered a man in the parking lot. He was a fairly recent immigrant from Kenya. He kept telling Ray that he could not believe someone would actually stop him to ask him if he is ok during these tough times. He asked: “Is the result of Obama being president? Do you work for Mr. Obama? Is this the roll out of what he kept promising during the campaign?”

3 Responses to “Door Knocking in Mill Creek Apartments and Wedgewood Townhouse Neighborhoods”

  1. wjtraynor said

    I am really impressed by the thoroughness and thoughtfulness of this campaign and I am learning alot from reading and listening to these ‘real time’ accounts of real conversations. Clearly – despite the direness of the environment, you are bringing real joy and connection to alot of people…and this is just the beginning. I will be spreading the word about the campaign and getting people to tune into this blog. Rock ON!

  2. “Kopano ke Matla” that’s Southern Sotho for “Unity is strength” it feels more powerful in my own language!

    “She spoke a little bit of broken English, we spoke a little bit of broken Spanish, we were altogether possesed with the compassion to hear each other out! This was a win-win situation, we passed the message, and she received the information she so desperately needs.
    This is how you build successful relationships! Just like it was said in our training be real, speak once- but listen twice, do not fear, and the rest is history.

    My heartfelt thanks to all of you. We are a great Team!

  3. megan said

    yay! great job everyone. i can’t wait to go out with you this weekend🙂

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