Neighborhood Opportunity Network

Supporting one another in a time of crisis

Sharing Information in Aspen Hill

Posted by meganmoriarty on November 12, 2009

On Tuesday night, we hosted our first Neighbors Exchange in the Aspen Hill neighborhood at the Wheaton Seventh-Day Adventist Church! Over 50 neighbors joined us and participated in three small groups focused on different issues (access to health care; applying for emergency services; job resources).

We were excited after door knocking on Saturday and Monday with the Neighbor Corps members — lots of neighbors at Peppertree Farm Apartments expressed interest in attending!

It was clear from our conversations with these neighbors that there are not many occasions for them to meet each other and exchange ideas or concerns.

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Rachel (from the County's coalition of ESOL providers) talking to a resident about options for learning English in her neighborhood

Here are some examples of the kind of information sharing we did during our short time together:

* In the jobs circle, Carol shared that the store she works at (TJ Maxx) was hiring.

* And our friend Yanira from Montgomery Works told us that the Target in Wheaton is hiring — to apply, go to the store and complete the on-line application. And don’t forget to talk to a store manager while you are there.

* Damaris found out some of her neighbors were interested in learning Spanish and she offered to teach them!

* Gilbert helped out a fellow neighbor by explaining the Medicare process and different programs available to seniors.

And the sharing will continue:

* Community Connectors Ann, Rosa and Maria made appointments with residents to come in to the Neighborhood Service Center on Friday to apply for services and talk about their specific needs.

* Participants left with information and a free tote bag thanks to Nesreen from the Census department.

* After listening to the small group discussions, Pastor Steve Murphy (who lent us the space — thanks again :)) is interested in offering a financial literacy program for community members.

Thanks to our resource partners and Neighbor Corps members who came out to help facilitate and connect with residents!

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