It all starts at home. It
is safe to assume that by tracing the steps
of productive and motivated individuals; their
home environment, family and where they are
from are largely responsible for their successful
transition from childhood to adulthood. This
is equally so for individuals who struggle and
are faced with challenges time and again. The
vision for Families
and Neighborhoods recognizes the importance
of stability and community connections.
Our community has stable family units
that feel safe, secure and connected to
their family, neighborhoods and the community
as a whole and who take personal responsibility
for themselves and their neighborhood
and have easy access to appropriate resources
when they need help.
Initially, this workgroup began
by asking “what makes a family and neighborhood
strong?” Participants agreed that to build
stronger families and neighborhoods, the following
outcomes are necessary:
- Basic needs for food,
clothing and shelter are met.
- Families are stable and
- Families are financially
secure and not living in poverty.
- Neighbors are helpful
to each other and provide an additional – yet
significant – environment of community.
- Neighborhoods are safe
and free from crime.
There are eleven
indicators under this area which address
components related to
family life and conditions, safety and behaviors.