Community Connectors in Wheaton!
Posted by Neighborhood Opportunity Network on April 19, 2009
This past Thursday and Friday, the Neighbors Campaign Team organized a two day training for the new group of Community Connectors who will staff the Neighborhood Service Center, to be opened in early May in the 20906 zip code. (We argued among ourselves whether this is Wheaton or Silver Spring….. which indicates that we have a geographic identity challenge in Montgomery County, don’t we?) They were joined by four wonderful staff from Catholic Charities, as well a few of the Connectors scheduled to work in Long Branch. Catholic Charities is serving as the host nonprofit for the Neighborhood Service Center. See their names below and a picture of the group. Jayne Park of the Montgomery County Community Foundation also participated.
This writer believes that the HHS and IMPACT staff (with Tim’s help from OCP) learned some good lessons from the Gaithersburg trail run (see earlier post in March) and were able to offer a learning environment where the participants built relationships AND increased their knowledge of HHS key emergency services.
The personal story telling was particularly powerful because the vast majority of those participating from IMPACT and Catholic Charities were of immigrant background and/or had previously availed themselves of social services at a difficult moment in their life.
A favorite quote – I learned so much. I now realize that there are some people who I tried to link to services in the past – that could have received help – had I been better informed.
Community Connectors in Wheaton: Maria Chevez Lopez, Ann Tran, Lily Assefa and Rosa Sanchez