The healthiest communities are those where people know their neighbors, talk frequently, and work together. As members of the Chadsey-Condon community, we share a history of serving our neighborhoods through our congregations, community groups, block clubs, service agencies, businesses, and as caring individuals. Today, we continue this heritage by working together like never before!
A SHARED VISION EMPOWERS CHANGE
Since 2006, the Chadsey-Condon Community Organization has been hosting meetings throughout our neighborhoods to listen to what residents, on every block, hope to achieve. Through these meetings, we’ve learned that we share common a vision for our community’s future — of good places to shop and work, worship and socialize, learn and play. We share a vision of community that is clean, safe and full of life with good public services, parks, schools and transportation. Above all, we share a vision of a community where children can receive excellent educations, grow up healthy, and know that stable jobs and joyous neighborhoods await them as they become adults. When we share a voice, our vision is heard more clearly by government planners, public and social service agencies, builders and businesses. This shared vision shapes every aspect of our mission:
To build a Powerful Movement of Committed and Unified People that advocates and secures resources to transform the community by addressing needs.
WHEN WE SPEAK IN UNISON OUR VOICE CANNOT BE IGNORED!
OUR “GOOD” START
The Chadsey-Condon Community Organization was launched in 2006 with the goal of transforming the lives of children in our neighborhoods by strengthening and renewing the places they live, learn, and play and ensuring that they will have the opportunity to thrive in the community as they enter adulthood.
Our community is one of six in Detroit selected to be part of the Skillman Foundation’s Good Neighborhoods Initiative, a 10-year, $100-million program. Believing that resident engagement and leadership is critical to sustained, large-scale change for children, Good Neighborhoods is anchored in a community partnership process. The community process is designed in the three stages listed below.
Community Planning (2006-2007)
The Foundation convened meetings with neighborhood stakeholders and residents to begin planning and outreach. The community came together in a series of meetings to decide on the key goal and strategies for improving lives of children in their neighborhoods.
The focus was on strengthening the leadership and capacity for neighborhoods to make and sustain change. Action Planning Teams consisting of residents and nonprofit stakeholders developed and implemented strategies for achieving short-term goals. The neighborhoods completed a yearlong process in which they identified and elected residents (including youth) and agency representatives to form resident-stakeholder organizations, loosely referred to as governance groups — sustainable, results-oriented neighborhood-based planning and advocacy bodies that will identify the strategies, outcomes and indicators that will guide and inform child-centered neighborhood revitalization efforts through 2016.
Resources are being aligned, activities scaled, community strategies are being fully implemented, and improvements demonstrated.