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Welcome New Community Connectors!

Posted by katieschmahl on September 24, 2009

One minute to make a friend!

One minute to make a friend!

On Thursday morning at the Family Services building in Gaithersburg, a diverse group of partners from Health and Human Services, IMPACT Silver Spring, Family Services Inc., Catholic Charities, Interfaith Works, and the Office of Community Partnerships came together to welcome the new

Community Connectors and Lead Triage workers for all the Neighborhood Service Centers. After a lively round of “speed friending” to warm up and get to know each other a little bit, we jumped right into a story-telling segment with Uma Ahluwalia and Frankie Blackburn recounting the emergence and vision of the Neighbors Campaign using a lovely new poster (thanks Mebrahtu from IMPACT!).

Unfortunately, many people had to leave after that, but those of us who stayed had a very enlightening and emotional story-telling session and really learned a lot about each other! Participants agreed that despite our differences, we really have a lot more in common than we think and have many similar struggles in life and because of that, we can help each other better!

Then, the group brainstormed about which qualities are important for their future roles as community connectors…patience, empathy, good listening skills, and resourcefulness were some that got mentioned. After that, we had some excellent practice with role plays of possible scenarios that the community connectors might face. Finally, we passed out “Friendly Persistence” buttons and “Embrace of Community” scrolls to end a great meeting.

Congratulations and welcome new community connectors!!


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