Neighborhood Opportunity Network

Supporting one another in a time of crisis

Building New Bridges

Posted by anhptran on September 7, 2010

We started with islands. Cordelia, Ade, and Woyine.

Who can connect you to someone else? As a network guide at IMPACT, Abebech can connect Cordelia and Woyine, building new networks. Abebech becomes a bridge on the network map.

Who can connect you to someone else outside our circle? Barbara mentions her neighbor Ian. Ian, formerly an island on our map, is connected to Barbara and now connected to others in the circle.

While the focus of last week’s session was on building bridges to new networks, we have seen the value of building bridges  within our circle over the last few weeks. In the mutual support circle, Cordelia mentioned the need for rental insurance in her apartment. Lyn offers her suggestions, and offers a connection to help her with low rates.

Last Tuesday, Woyine even brought her sister, Beli. Beli brought along her two friends, Amy and Meseret to visit our circle. We witnessed the power of building new networks in the room, making new connections to our existing map. Mary Okech mentions, “I feel comfortable because it is easy to share our needs.”

Join us tonight at Tuesdays Together, 12247 Georgia Ave., as we continue to add to our networks and develop a personal pitch to share our gifts and talents.

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