The original vision is outlined below. I wanted to equip people with the resources they needed, so they can succeed in their lives. Through Christ centered values, education, and empowerment, I am committed to breaking down socio-economic labels (serving to bridge the separation between the working poor and the middle class), I want to improve lives and connect people to each other and what is around them – via a safe, social community hub.
The vision had two essential ingredients: (1) a coffeehouse which would offer art shows, live music, and local events; (2) a community resource center that would connect people to tangible needs – job, food, and housing – teaching life skills.
All of this is about connection. Bridging the separation between people groups. Partnering with local organizations and businesses, collaborating, cross-marketing products, building relationships, mentoring, teaching, connecting individuals to existing classes and programs, being active and building a stronger community.
I write this in the past tense… as pieces of my vision have changed. To some degree quite considerably. To understand the evolution of the vision in it’s entirety… please continue reading. I will be posting the changes and my new insights soon…
- Pulling Apart The Original Vision…
- Introduction: The Coffee/Tea House
- Keeping It Simple
- Getting To Know The Neighbors
- Building Community… Through Art & Music
- The Pièce de résistance
- Phase 2: Tying In The Resource Center
- Come On Upstairs
- Services Offered