Long Branch: Together we make Community!
Posted by soriasoria on October 8, 2010
Have you ever stopped to consider how many people are saying “hello” to each other today in our community, and in how many different languages?
Last night in our Long Branch Neighbors Exchange ” Thursdays Together” our community came together and said hello in their own language, Ha-i, Mar-ha-ban, bonjour, salaam, hola, sawubona, Kamaha and hello to meet and support their neighbors. We had neighbors from Sudan, France, Ecuador, Ethiopia, United States, El Salvador, Panama, Bolivia, Nigeria, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Ivory Coast, Guatemala and Nicaragua. WOW – This is Community!
Our Impact team Sebastian, Lanita, Noelle, Luis, Noemi, Alicia and Elisabeth hosted the first ‘ Thursdays Together” for the Long Branch community in the Tess Center. We had resources partners from Montgomery Cares, HHS and Catholic Charities to talk about Jobs and health services available for the community and ways our neighbors could access them.
Margaret from Sudan came to the meeting with her neighbor and our Impact Community Connector Alicia to seek support around finding a job and health services for her daughter and English Classes for her, she came to the right place Margaret will be participating starting next Monday at our Nob Hill Mutual Support English Circles and her daughter will be calling Montgomery Cares to schedule a doctors appointment. Wow this is Community coming together to support each other.
Barbara a talented story writer for kids was looking for support to publish a book for kids and guess what, Noelle knows someone in our network that can support her in finding ways to publish her dream book. At the end of the session i asked her how her book was doing and she started sharing parts of the book and i almost stared to cry to see her put her heart and soul on each word that came out of her mouth.
I could go on and on with so many great stories about our neighbors giving and offering mutual support to each other, but the only way to find out about our great neighbors from Long Branch is joining us next week at the Tess Center located at 8513 Piney Branch Rd.
Thank you Impact for all your Love and Support!
Long Branch Team: We did it!