Finding New Dots to Connect
Posted by frankieblackburn on May 30, 2009
In the world of community organizing, we often refer to the process of “connecting dots” which typically means one person or one organization working with or joining forces with another person or organization. One of the real joys of the Neighbors Campaign is the constant process of uncovering new “dots” or sources of talent or contributions that can enrich our lives or provide tangible support to some one in need. At the recent Neighbor Exchanges – one held at Bethel World Outreach Church and one held at the new Neighborhood Service Center in Wheaton, I found several new “dots”, even as a long timer in these parts – someone who thinks she knows a lot about available resources. Please listen to the church member from Bethel below as he describes the work he and others have been doing to support fellow immigrants from Sierra Leone. In the picture that follows, Rosa Sanchez (Community Connector at the Wheaton Neighborhood Service Center) stands besides Paul Nicholson from Washington Adventist Hospital and Dr. Cesar Palacios, Executive Director of Proyecto Salud, a health care clinic located in Wheaton. I serve on the Board of Washington Adventist and have know Paul in his capacity as Chief Financial Officer, but had no idea that he had the ability to come into a room full of very diverse, lower income residents and connect with them on a very human and compassionate level. I also had never met Dr. Palacios – even knowing of Projecto Salud for years – and found him to be one of the best “health care experts” in terms of helping people understand how to access the complicated system of public clinics and benefits. Please keep your eyes open for new dots and look for ways to make new connections as we continue to build the Neighbors Campaign.