Neighborhood Opportunity Network

Supporting one another in a time of crisis

The Joy of Building and Flying a Plane – all at the same time

Posted by frankieblackburn on March 20, 2009

(family meeting with HHS staff and connectors)

(family meeting with HHS staff and connectors)

You often hear people say – the devil is in the details. We are certainly encountering this old adage as we all work together to implement the Neighbors Campaign and the newly opened Neighborhood Service Center in Gaithersburg. (See picture of one of Center staff meeting with one of the first families to walk in the door). So many questions are arising – large and small:

  • How can we really help people know about and feel comfortable coming to this new center?
  • What do we do to keep all the children engaged as they come into this relatively small space with their parents?
  • What is going to be our “collective brand” and how can we work off of one set of consistent fliers and communication vehicles?
  • How do we ensure a safe and secure feeling in the center?

The good news is that there is an incredible team of people from HHS, Family Services, Inc, City of Gaithersburg, Office of Community Partnerships, IMPACT – and most importantly, the Community Connectors – working together and not being defeated, as they work to surmount each challenge as it comes up.

(Tim and Denis)

I am especially encouraged by the continued spirit and enthusiasm of people in the community who want to help build new bridges of understanding and relationships in this serious time of need. One example is Denis Tabor, owner of Antojitos – where Tim Warner and I grabbed lunch yesterday. (It is located at 12 East Diamond Avenue in Gaithersburg; I recommend the pupusas; Tim recommends the soup!) .

Owner Denis Tabor hosted our original meeting to begin introducing the Neighbors Campaign. Denis is very concerned about people in need and is going door knocking with us this weekend; he is also offering his restaurant as a continuing meeting place, as our work unfolds. Thank you, Denis!

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