Friendship is at the Center

Just over ten years ago I met “Sister Pat.” At the time, Patricia M. McKeon, RSM, was executive director of Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation in Hartford. She was my team lead on one of several Hartford Commission to End Homelessness in the Capitol Region committees organized to create the Commission’s implementation plan. Our team, comprised of many organizations … More Friendship is at the Center

Meet Your Muslim Neighbors Building Bridges in Community

“Building Bridges in Community.” It’s the motto of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut (MCCT). Nabeel, Sameer, Shaq, Nour and Faseeha, five young Muslim leaders and professionals on the rise, were living that motto last Saturday volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity home being built in Hartford. As a Hartford Habitat board member, I met with them briefly simply … More Meet Your Muslim Neighbors Building Bridges in Community

“This is paving the way for different athletes coming after me.”

“We made history in our state,” said Stephanie Marquez. “Definitely, I think we did,” said Helen Newman. “It is something that had to be done,” said Marquez, born with spina bifida. “It is a very important day. This is paving the way for different athletes coming after me.” “Yes, this day was about state history. This day was about … More “This is paving the way for different athletes coming after me.”

“Invest in Someone on Their Best Day” – A Positive Approach to Community Development

“When Trying to Solve Problems Does Not Solve Problems: Rev. Bill Stanfield at TEDxCharleston” is a convincing 12-minute TED Talk video for everyone working toward positive community development. Stanfield’s approach, summarized in the graphic above, is persuasively explained in the video.   Instead of focusing on problems, Rev. Bill Stanfield presents a compelling case that “philanthropy … More “Invest in Someone on Their Best Day” – A Positive Approach to Community Development

Essential American History: “Having Our Say”; and “Having Their Say”

I have my tickets for “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years” now performing at Hartford Stage, March 31- April 24.  Do you have yours? If not, better reserve them quick.  Hartford Stage’s website describes the play’s essence: “103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany were the daughters of a former slave, grew up … More Essential American History: “Having Our Say”; and “Having Their Say”