1340 Park Ave
Omaha, NE 68105
Contact Name: Leslie Wells

inCOMMON Community Development

Our Values: Gospel: The most severe poverty is spiritual in form and can only be eradicated by faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Jesus Christ transforms us from the inside out and allows us to truly identify, suffer with, and care for the poor. True freedom from all kinds of poverty, comes only through the Gospel. Relationship: Because “the single greatest cause for sustained poverty in our cities is isolation”1, relationships are essential in an individual’s and community’s success in overcoming poverty. Within the intimacy of relationship is a power to humanize, empathize, learn, respond, and receive. Mutuality: True relationship isn’t paternalistic but mutual. Mutual relationships recognize the value, gift, and contribution of the other. In this way, each person is recognized as an equal contributor toward the overall health and growth of the community. Asset-Based: Within every community are existing, God-given strengths. Effective community development, then, focuses on leveraging these strengths toward community growth and success. Not only will a community’s inherent strengths be the key to a community’s success but, because these strengths are self-possessed, they’re also the key to the long-term sustainability of that success. Local Leadership: The greatest assets of any community are its residents. Effective community development, then, must not only seek to include local residents in the work of community development, but commit to transferring this work to local leaders. Listening: As the greatest asset of the community, residents are the greatest community stakeholders and the most informed community experts. As such, effective community development actively seeks to listen to residents in order to engage residents in the work of community development, as well as to learn what work must be done. Cause Over Symptoms: The roots of poverty run deep and its effects are persistent, resulting in the destruction lives, families, and communities. As such, addressing only the immediate symptoms of poverty is insufficient. Thoughtful, strategic, and creative means must be employed in not only bringing temporarily relief to those in poverty, but in ending poverty for future generations. Creativity: Clearly with the ongoing rise in local and global poverty, the “solution” to poverty has yet to be identified. As such, creative means – built upon the foundation of ‘best practices’ – must be discovered and employed in uprooting poverty at the “cause” level. These creative solutions will come in working with those closest to poverty (the poor themselves), as well as through broad-based, multi-disciplinary collaborative partnerships. Partnership: Poverty is far too deep, extensive, and complex for any single agency to effectually counteract at a “cause” level. As such, a broad-based and multi-disciplinary commitment to anti-poverty work is nonnegotiable. Effective community development is founded on true collaborative partnerships leveraging all available forms of capital: social, human, physical, financial, environmental, etc.2 Holism: The transformation desired for both individuals and communities is not parceled or fragmented but holistic. For individuals, this includes body, mind, and soul. For communities, this includes physical structures, public places, political and economic policies, educational systems, social networks, etc.

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