To do effective work with the community we need to have the capacity (staffing, resources, expertise) to do that work. We also need the passion to keep going at it even when it is discouraging; and we must be responding to a real and identified community concern.
In this edition of Bill’s Corner, Bill discusses how and why relationships drive our work. In the course of exploring these relationships, he defines the difference between transactional and relational community development.
This Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, Bill reflected on the three major ways the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has influenced Metanoia’s work.
Metanoia has requested and received $800,000 in federal Office of Community Services funds to provide a loan to custom light manufacturing company The Urban Electric Company in North Charleston, SC. The project will create 52 permanent full-time jobs, 75% of which will be for low-income persons at a cost-per-job of $15,385.
If we are not managing to outcomes we are wasting our time and resources, but if our motivation is solely tied to successful outcomes we might not last long.