Our Core Values
The principles that shape our Core Values stem from the groundbreaking 1996 report, Repairing the Breach: Key Ways to Support Family Life, Reclaim Our Streets, and Rebuild Civil Society in America’s Communities, edited by NAC President Dr. Bobby Austin.
Eight Core Values serve as our North Star, guiding us as we structure the framework upon which our work can be sustained over time. These value statements support our thinking and work as we engage the families and neighbors from all walks of life with whom we are partners.
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Civility, a prerequisite for community living, actively creates a culture of kindness and contributes to strong neighborhood ties, safety, peace, and justice. As a member of this intentional community, the polis, we enter into an implicit “social contract” with fellow neighbors and citizens. The social contract demands ethical actions and behavior and mutual responsibility for the group.
Often, one’s livelihood will be developed in several economic systems: a macroeconomic system, a micro-economic system and a parallel economic system. Today, micro-economic systems have taken root in communities where people and families can establish a foothold in a neighborhood economy. These parallel economies are potential stepping stones to build sustainable economic structures for local commerce.
The home is the center of a strong and vital family life, the heart of a stable community, and the stage upon which life is lived, culture learned, and civility taught. Civic dialogue around these same values and policies, housing, civility, and safety builds an understanding within the community to maintain and support what they have accomplished.