Making Connections Creating Community
A Self-Determined Life Freedom Authority Support Responsibility Contribution to Community
The Value of… Relationships and community connections Deciding where and with whom I live
Engaging the Strengths of our Communities The word community is derived from Old French communite’ which is derived from the Latin communitas (cum, “with/together” + munus “gift”). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community
When all is said and done, the best guarantee of a long and healthy life may be the connections you have with other people. John Cacioppo, Neuroscientist University of Chicago Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection Lonely? Your health may suffer - CNN.com June 18, 2012 Loneliness and isolation Can affect your quality of life – and Maybe your quantity of life, too. Loneliness is the only real disability. - David Pitonyak Searchloneliness and disability About 1,560,000 results • Searchloneliness and health • About 16,700,000 results Social Connection How Feeling Lonely Can Shorten Your Life By Alice Park Loneliness is a risk factor for functional decline and early death in adults over age 60, according to a University of California, San Francisco study Why Loneliness Can Be Deadly Katharine Gammon, LiveScience Loneliness Linked To High Blood Pressure In Older Individuals By Donna Parker
When “I” is replaced by “we” even illness becomes wellness.
Institutional systems can command many behaviors but they cannot command care. Care is the commitment of one person to another, from the heart. It is the domain of people who come together in community. (John McKnight) You Can't Command Care
Two Paths – Two Solutions Needs/Deficits Services to Meet Needs Consumers Programs are the Answer Assets/Strengths Connections &Contributions Citizens People are the Answer
People and communities have deficiencies & needs People in communities have skills & talents
Asset Based Community Development is the capacities of local people and their associations to build powerful communities. What can we do with what we already have?
4 key Elements… • Everyone has Gifts • Gifts are valued in the community • Communities are full of welcoming places • Friends and relationships bring meaning to our lives.
Everyone has gifts. Hand, Head and Heart
Communities are full of welcoming places.
In groups of three… Tell your group about a gift you have and where you share it. Discuss with your group what it means to you to give your gift, and what it would mean to you if your gift remained a present, unopened.
Friends and relationships give meaning to our lives.
How to build connections. Show UpPay AttentionAcknowledge GiftsBuild RelationshipsKeep Showing UpInviteIntroduce -Joe Erpenbeck
Challenges to Community Building… Perception Scarce Resources The “Service System” Role
Theories of Normalization… • Wolf Wolfensberger • Dr. Marc Gold – Competence-Deviance Hypothesis • John O’Brien • Personal reflection…
Service Life Community Life A Good Paid Life Valued outcomes and interests drive services Active circle of support (not paid) Needs address to support inclusion Needs drive services No organized effort to address citizen goals Interests and needs known Closest people are paid Few real connections
Informed Decision Making Interdependence Community Participation Individualized Risk For All Community Supportive Living
Community Supportive Living – The Right thing to do…. • All adults, whether married or single, shall make the choices about where they live, and the people with whom they will live. The preferences of each individuals should guide all aspects of the selection of housing, including the neighborhood, and whether the individual will live alone, with their family, roommates, extended family spouses or friends. • Individuals with disabilities, like other young adults leaving high school/college select their roommates/housemates and rent or own their own home. • Elderly individuals desire to stay in their neighborhoods, in their own home, where they have built/created a life for the last 30+ years.
Community Supportive LivingCommunity/Neighborhood Connections “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ― Mother Teresa
Staffing Relationships Trust Scheduling Rural Location
Education Member Family Guardians Schools ADRC How do I stay in my own home? How do I find a home or job of my own?
Assessment • Determine gifts and strengths of individual • Tool to capture outcomes of person • Tool to determine cost associated to support person • Measurement of outcomes • Is the person more independent? • Are we supporting areas they are requesting?
Housing *Affordable *Accessible *Safe *Start Up *Security Deposits *Home Ownership *Waitlists
Codes • Complexity • 15 min unit • Roommate Outcomes not Units Provider wrap around support
Small group Exercise Break into 6 groups and brainstorm solutions to the 6 areas that enhance options for Community Supportive Living.
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