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Detail from a graphic record of a facilitated discussion in Vancouver, B.C., in which participants talked about what belonging and community mean. The artists included examples of local community development in the drawing.

Detail from a graphic record of a facilitated discussion in Vancouver, B.C., in which participants talked about what belonging and community mean. The artists included examples of local community development in the drawing. Illustration by Liz Etmanski and Aaron Johannes/Spectrum Consulting
 

John McKnight: Low-income communities are not needy -- they have assets

People who want to help low-income communities should see them as “half-full glasses” -- places with strengths and capacities that can be built upon, says the co-developer of the asset-based community development strategy.

The Nashville Food Project partners with Trinity United Methodist Church to offer a weekly meal which serves about 50 people. It provides an opportunity for people to get to know one another. Photo courtesy of the Nashville Food Project

More than a meal

The Nashville Food Project tackles hunger as a symptom of poverty, with a multifaceted approach that includes gardens, food trucks, community partners and a sense of respect for people in need.

Gloria Scott waves the keys to her new Mercury Sable after receiving the car from Wheels4Hope. Photo by Alex Maness

Nonprofit puts people back on the road of hope

Wheels4Hope repairs donated cars and places them with people who need basic transportation. Once a small outreach ministry, the nonprofit is now a $1 million-a-year organization with major corporate sponsors.

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