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.  Family Services establishes a presence within each neighborhood from which to provide on-site services, support and advocacy.  

The program is about residents identifying their issues, creating plans and making changes for safe and unified neighborhoods no matter where they are located. 

Today we are working in the Almond Village neighborhood; helping residents work together to create a sense of ownership and pride within the community. Remarkable things continue to happen and neighborhoods are truly transformed one family, one house, one block and one community at a time!