The Arcadia Institute

Making it possible for people with disabilities to be welcomed, supported and respected in their community

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities: Centenary United Methodist Church in Macon GA

This week’s blog was written by Allison Hammond, Executive Dierctor of The Arcadia Institute.

The third stop on the Learning Tour was Macon GA to learn about the Centenary United Methodist Church Roving Listeners. We heard about and saw the difference hearing community stories is making. From a bicycle program, to a community garden to redevelopment of the Mill Hill Neighborhood – taking time to listen builds community!

The Roving Listeners also use these kinds of questions when they visit people:
What were you born doing well – what are your talents?
What skills have you learned well?
What are you passionate about?
What are you able to teach?
What would you like to learn?

Here is link to information about Centenary United Methodist Church
Here is a video of the project
Here is another clip of the Mill Hill East Macon Art Village that the Roving Listeners have been involved in. The Roving Listeners have been visiting neighbors in the area. http://www.macon.com/news/local/article74020412.html

Stay tuned for as the next few blogs highlight what Allison learned during her 4 days in Georgia!.

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities: Clarkston GA

The blog this week was written by Allison Hammond, Executive Director of The Arcadia Institute.

The first stop on the Learning Tour was Clarkston GA to learn about the Relationship Building Group. Clarkston has a large refugee community and Basmat Ahmed is the Community Builder facilitating neighbors getting know neighbors. Basmat has spent hours having conversations with people in the community using Asset Based Community Development techniques.

She asks people:
What were you born doing well – what are your talents?
What skills have you learned well?
What are you passionate about?
What are you able to teach?
What would you like to learn?

Out of this exploration, the Clarkston International Garden was born in 40 Oaks Nature Preserve.

Here is a video of the project.

Stay tuned for as the next few blogs highlight what Allison learned during her 4 days in Georgia!.

Building a Community of Belonging Poetry

Inclusion

Everone want to be a part
A part of a team
A part of a group
A part of a family
But to be a part you will need others
Others who accept you
Others who count on you
Others who want you
Inclusion comes when we come together
Together we accomplish
Together we laugh
Together we love
Ruth Cowles, Portage District Library

Buddy Hannah facilitated a community poetry writing session at the 7th Annual Building a Community of Belonging Forum on March 24, 2016. The above poem was one of the wonderful poems that came out of the day.

For more information about Connect Kalamazoo and the Building a Community of Belonging Forum visit our website at www.thearcadiainstitute.org

Becoming a Poet: Building a Community of Belonging Forum 2016

The blog this week was written by Allison Hammond, Executive Director of The Arcadia Institute.

When I see inclusion I see community.
When I hear inclusion I hear community.
When I feel inclusion I feel community.
When I experience inclusion it is
you and me and we.
Allison Hammond

Buddy Hannah facilitated a community poetry writing session at the 7th Annual Building a Community of Belonging Forum on March 24, 2016. This was my attempt at being a poet. In the following weeks, we will share more of the poems written at the Forum.

For more information about Connect Kalamazoo and the Building a Community of Belonging Forum visit our website at www.thearcadiainstitute.org

7th Annual Building a Community of Belonging Forum

Join us for the 7th Annual Building a Community of Belonging Forum on Thursday, March 24th from 10 am – 6 pm at Vanguard Church, 2020 Fulford Ave. We will be having discussions around employment and doing a community poetry project. Please fill out a Forum 2016 Registration Form and mail it or email it to michele@thearcadiainstitute.org.

Enjoy this clip from the 6th Annual Building a Community of Belonging Forum.