First Day of Door Knocking!
Posted by frankieblackburn on March 16, 2009
I am just back from a very cold afternoon of knocking on doors in Gaithersburg! With eight other colleagues linked in teams of two, we knocked on over 150 doors in about three hours. In my team of 60 door knocks, we had only one person who refused to talk to us. Everyone else was friendly or at least polite and many seemed so relieved to learn about the Neighbors Campaign and the available services. The following story stands out in my mind:
George, my new friend from Mercy Seat Chapel Church in Gaithersburg, and I approach a young father of Caribbean heritage as he fastened his child into a car seat outside his rented townhouse. At first, he seemed a little put off by our approach, but as soon as he heard that we wanted to know how the economy was affecting him, he volunteered how discouraged he was. He explained that he had been out of work for over 2 months and was having a very difficult time finding new work. As we told him about the various possible places to receive services – emphasizing no magic answers – his face begin to soften. He then started asking us questions – where did you come from? Why are you doing this? How did you meet each other (George and me)? As we explained the Neighbors Campaign and our new connections as community partners, I asked him – would you like to join in? Would you like to go door knocking with us? His face immediately lit up and he said SURE! George asked him some questions about what kind of job he is looking for; we told him about Montgomery Works and the One Stop Shop at Lake Forest Mall. We really encouraged him to visit the new Neighborhood Service Center down the road and attend our Neighbors Exchange scheduled in two weeks. We agreed to call him the next day to see if can go door knocking with us, and we gave him our cell phones to call if things do not go well when he tries to connect to available services – or to think of other possibilities.