Neighborhood Opportunity Network

Supporting one another in a time of crisis

New Bridges in Long Branch

Posted by frankieblackburn on October 26, 2009

To understand the value of reaching beyond our personal comfort zone to greet our neighbors in need and build new bridges of hope, I encourage you to watch this short video clip of Tibebe Samuel and Jessica Fusillo sharing a story about their recent door knocks in the Long Branch community of Silver Spring:

This past Saturday, four members of the Silver Spring Community Advisory Board (SSCAB) participated in IMPACT’s kick-0ff of the Neighbors Campaign in the Long Branch area of Silver Spring (see related post for more details). These members were: Darian Unger, Chair, Mark Woodard, Vice Chair, Kathy Stevens and Jessica Fusillo. We had 28 door knockers that each devoted over five hours of personal time, first being trained on how to knock on doors in apartment communities and then helping knock on approximately 300 doors in the Park Montgomery and Nob Hill apartment communities, which resulted in 123 one-on-one conversations with the residents.

Jessica, Darian and Mark participate in mutual support exercise along side State Senator Jamie Raskin.

Jessica, Darian and Mark participate in mutual support exercise along side State Senator Jamie Raskin.

For those who are relatively new to Silver Spring, this moment may not seem as big and positive as it does to me.    I have been working in and around Long Branch for fifteen years and have not witnessed or known of this level of outreach and connection between established civic leaders and the many diverse residents living in our many large apartment communities. (I feel sure I have missed some moments, so please forgive me for not recognizing these).

We at IMPACT, one of the lead partners for the Neighbors Campaign, wish to thank Reemberto Rodriguez, the newly appointed Director of the Silver Spring Regional Center, for conceiving of this Community Service Project.  See clip of Reemberto talking about his vision for making new connections in Silver Spring, one of the most extremely diverse communities in our nation.

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