Community Building

Community or Neighborhood Building programs help neighborhoods regain a sense of pride in their community by helping them come together to make and sustain changes that support its residents and reduce violence and drug use.  It is never about "doing to" the neighborhood, but rather helping the neighborhood "do for themselves".

The goal of the program is to engage and empower residents within designated neighborhoods. Residents engaged in the neighborhood development process participate in identifying needs and creating goals specific to their community rather than relying on outside entities to tell them what needs to be done within their neighborhood. Residents are supported in creating plans and implementing goals that create safer and more engaged communities for individuals and families.

Neighborhood development is not a new concept, with years of history working with neighborhoods plagued by violent crime, open-air drug dealing, family violence, alcohol and drug abuse, abandoned houses, vacant buildings and weed-grown yards.  To address these issues, the City of Dayton secured a federal Weed and Seed drug interdiction grant to be implemented in local neighborhoods with Family Services and other program partners.  Family Services established a presence within the neighborhoods, with a satellite office in the Sunrise Center from which to provide on-site services, support and advocacy.  

Remarkable things happened and neighborhoods were truly transformed. The "Lunch and Learn" program was implemented in collaboration with Ginghamsburg Church to support reading enrichment, and provide healthy recreational activities for neighborhood youth. 

Today we are working in the Almond Village neighborhood; helping residents work together to create a sense of ownership and pride within the community. 

Neighborhood Development is about residents identifying their issues, creating plans and making changes for safe and unified neighborhoods.