Tuesday, more than a get together.
Posted by soriasoria on January 21, 2010
This past Tuesday, twenty five neighbors got together at the Neighborhood Service Center to share their daily experiences and ideas in how to build a better support network for each other. To start, we posed the following questions to our neighbors:
- How long have you lived in Wheaton?
- What do you like most about your neighborhood?
- How have you helped a neighbor in the past?
Many of them had lived many years in the Wheaton area (Martha and Daniel for 16 years!) and had chosen to live here for the great services, sense of security, good school system and access to transportation facilities. The best part of this activity was the way many neighbors had helped other neighbors. For example, Alpha helped his neighbor dig his car out from the snow. Martha helps her neighbors look for jobs on line. Another Martha drives her neighbors’ kids to school. We found out that everyone has helped someone in need recently.
We also gave them time to share their announcements, questions and own experiences on how they can support each other, but what made an IMPACT that Tuesday night was the way neighbors went beyond their own needs to help the needs of others. Martha told the group about a nanny job she knew about. Miguel offered to help Yesenia find afterschool programs for her son.
Based on the groups’ questions this week, we decided to have a smaller conversation next Tuesday about where to look for jobs.
Counting the days to meet next TUESDAY and TOGETHER hear how IMPACT changed the way they see their neighborhood now.