“Go the the people
Live among them
Learn from them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have.
But of the best leaders
When the task is done
The people will remark:
We have done it ourselves."
— Old Chinese Proverbs
We value people! We believe that every person is created uniquely and has gifts and abilities, dreams and passions that will shape them and the neighborhood around them.
We value people over programs and relationships over systems. We will collaborate and work as bridge-builders within our cities realizing that we are more effective together than independently.
We value the whole person and want to see them wholly transformed - physically, emotionally, mentally, economically and spiritually.
We value place. We believe that every neighborhood is unique has a special place in the bigger picture of the city. Neighborhoods have most, if not all resources they need to bring about transformation.
We value relationships. We believe that major transformation happens when people care about each other and help each other grow.
We value collaboration to create something more powerful and beautiful together.