Neighborhood Opportunity Network

Supporting one another in a time of crisis

Wheaton Ambassadors

Posted by meganmoriarty on February 1, 2011

On a freezing evening, residents of the Ambassador Apartments, along with network members, resource partners and community connectors met at CASA de Maryland’s Wheaton Worker Center for a Neighbors Exchange. Many thanks to our amazing host Fernando who not only opened the doors for us, but let us know about valuable CASA services and told us a funny story about a fat cow!

Cordelia, Mavis and Fernando listen to Edward share his story

Throughout the course of the night, we got to know 13 of the apartment community’s “ambassadors” — residents who shared their reality, encouraged us all to keep moving forward and offered information about community resources. We were joined by network members as well. They helped us by modeling in our mutual support circle and showing our new friends how we build the network.

Here are some of my highlights from last night:

  • Edward sharing information about a job removing snow and his experience as a retiree.
  • Emma — who beat us all to the punch by suggesting her neighbors visit Montgomery Works to find job resources. And she suggested looking for jobs at hospitals since she herself found a job at Holy Cross.
  • Seeing Malik and Lexi again — Rosa and I had door knocked them on Saturday. Lexi is interested in helping us teach English at Tuesdays Together and she is going to take Emma’s suggestion and visit Montgomery Works! And Malik found out about the dental program available through Montgomery Cares and asked his neighbors to continue eating (so he can stay employed at Safeway!).
  • Rachelle sparking a spirited conversation among the group about the benefits of attending Montgomery College.

We hope to keep meeting with these great “ambassadors” in other spaces in Wheaton, especially Tuesdays Together!

The ladies in black -- Emma, Maria and Ravindri

 

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