We have developed modified versions of Neighborhood Transformation to serve different segments of the US society than our first emphasis on cities. It is important to have a set of Core Values that are the underpinning of what we do. Though the modifications may have different names they are all trying to implement the same Core Values which Include:
Integration and Wholism
Never Do for Others What They Can Do for Themselves
Local Ownership and Initiative
Strength Based Approach
Multiplication and Movements
Christian Servant Leadership
Neighborhood Transformation:We have updated our "Neighborhood Transformation Overview" to better present the changes we have made in Neighborhood Transformation. The changes are intended to see that Neighborhood Transformation can be used in many varied situations by different people and organizations trying to transform a city. Check Out Neighborhood Transformation Overview In the middle of the page.
Rural Transformation is used in small towns, not suburbs of bigger cities. We have been approached by multiple small towns that are somewhat isolated with areas of poverty, saying that they are interested in transformation and can we help them. We have said, Yes! and we have developed a one page description as well as a Rural Transformation Overview. Check Out Rural Transformation Overview in the middle of the page next to the NT Overview
There are approximately 250 consistently poor counties in the United States; 244 of those are rural. The child poverty rates in these jurisdictions often exceed 35%.
One in six children (2.5 million) living in rural regions of the United States are trapped in deep poverty, suffering from poor education and health care.
Rural children are 50% more likely than their urban peers to lack health insurance.
A rural 8th grade student is 105% more likely more likely to have taken amphetamines; 75% more likely to have consumed cocaine, and 38% more likely to have smoked marijuana than his/her urban peers.
The rural working poor are more likely to be economically insolvent and yet unsupported by welfare than their urban counterparts.
57% of the rural poor do not have reliable transportation.
is designed for towns on Native American reservations. This is a modification of Rural Transformation so it is accepted in Native American cultures. We have created some new lessons for this series related to Native American living and culture. It is being tested on the Apache Reservation in eastern Arizona. To date we have not created a Reservation Transformation Overview but you can see the lessons that would be taught at ???
Apartment Transformation is used in apartment complexes with 100 or more apartment units. We are looking at apartment complexes instead of a full neighborhood. The people living in them are even more mobile than people who live in houses whether they are rich or poor. In the US we provide subsidized housing for the poor. The key to working with an apartment complex is working with the complex manager and showing them that when people know and trust each other occupancy turnover is reduced.
We have developed a number of new workshops which are from 4 - 8 one hour lessons on topics of interest to people. They include:
A major activity that we wanted to concentrate on for 2015 was to raise up people to be what we call City Catalysts, who will guide, mentor, and encourage the quality of the implementation of the Urban Neighborhood Transformation's vision, purpose, and strategy in the city where they are located. Their job is to find churches and non-profits who might be interested in Neighborhood Transformation in their city, then train them through our Training of Trainers weekend training and coach those who begin to implement Neighborhood Transformation in their neighborhoods.
PTL We now have 14 City Catalysts with a probable 4 more. This will mean people are available to help you get Neighborhood Transformation started much closer to you and then coach you as you are implementing it.
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at the following conferences except at Exponential West and Neighborhood Economics where we are just participating. Can you join us at one of these conferences.
Please prayerfully consider if God is calling you to reach out to your city. Neighborhood Transformation is here to help.
Stan Rowland Founder and Director of the Collaborative for Neighborhood Transformation
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