Neighborhood Opportunity Network

Supporting one another in a time of crisis

The power of the network and mutual Support

Posted by noelleth on June 30, 2011

The concept behind mutual support circles is so simple and yet powerful. An example of an amazing outcome of doing mutual support at Tuesdays Together is the way in which network members came together to support the Segovia Family.

A couple of months ago, Jeny and Jose Segovia revealed in the mutual support circle at Tuesdays Together, that they were facing deportation and as a result, they needed to raise funds for 5 tickets for their family to fly back to El Salvador. After they made their ask, network members chimed in with ways to help. Debra and Rosa each raised $550 from their church, Lyn pledged $270, Mavis pledged $150, and other members have raised $200 through individual donations. Tiffany suggested a clear goal target $3,000 and to measure our progress every week, Vincent suggested donations of time and cooking idea and Keisha suggested selling food to salons immediately,  since there was not much time left before the the Segovia Family’s departure date.  Consequently, a small group immediately convened after mutual support to follow up on these ideas. In addition, Jenny, who is almost due to have her baby, was also able to connect to prenatal care resources.

The story of neighbors supporting their neighbors is plenty even outside of the Tuesdays Together circle. However, what makes the story of the Segovia Family story so amazing is that it was a clear example of how immediate the network of diverse residents, who came together intentionally, take risks to reach out to others outside of their immediate family networks were able to respond immediately to the pain of the Segovia the family as compared to the time it would take for us to respond as an organization of non-profits or service providers.

There are many stories like this one we experience every week. Diverse residents support each other and offer encouragements through their efforts to find jobs, support their family and connect with others in their community. Mutual support is what we do as families to support each other achieve our highest potential. Just as it is in a family, when residents experience challenges that is to great for a single person to carry, each member of our diverse group chips away at it to the best of their ability – by offering options, resources and moral support. And in our Tuesdays Together family, the mutual support circle is grounded in genuine care, trust and a willingness to be vulnerable and open to receive support from others.

 

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