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Strategies, Tips, and Lessons Learned from Experiences of Community
Building at Options
Messinger and Lisa Mills
What is community-building? How can we
promote, facilitate, and support it?
Options in Community Living has been
building community for 24 years. In Sharing Community, the
authors share their experiences, the lessons they’ve learned, and
some of their most meaningful efforts. This book establishes that the
real, most basic reason for community-building is to find and develop
opportunities for relationships, belonging, inclusion, and more
meaning in the lives of all involved.
The authors shows how each staff person
is a resource and how community-building efforts have a snowball
effect: one unexpected connection leads to another, which in turn
leads to new opportunities and more connections. With this process,
there is no end to the possibilities.
As the authors state, "Community
building teaches us that when people open up their lives to the
unexpected, amazing things can happen."
So, explore the experiences that the
Options staff share in this book – their processes, efforts, and
successes. We hope that these experiences, successes, failures, and
lessons learned will inspire you to reflect and take action to build
your own community.