What We Do
How do we identify and discuss the things all Americans hold in common?
How do we make progress toward re-establishing supportive communities and ensuring that violence does not continue to define them, and those who dwell in them, because of perceived differences?
How do we overcome negative media stereotypes and political exclusion to reconnect all ethnic communities to the broad social fabric that we define as American?
Neighborhood Associates Corporation attempts to forge a new path in community engagement. Our vision is grounded in the asset-based community concepts of John McKnight, Emeritus Professor and co-founder of the effective and widely acclaimed Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University. Asset-based community development is focused on identifying knowledgeable people and using the community's strengths and associations.
We begin with the belief that people are the greatest assets and partners in building community. The end goal of all our collaborative efforts is to develop new workable and useful systems of human interaction, leading to greater self-determination, community action, justice, prosperity, as well as collective and individual responsibility.