INTENTION "We don't heal in isolation, but in community"S.Kelley Harrell LOVING RELATIONSHIPS SENT Topeka, we walk side-by-side with our neighbors. Through loving relationships, we develop trust and cooperation among residents as well as between residents and local organizations such as churches, small businesses, and other nonprofit organizations. Trust and cooperation among neighbors helps to build resilient communities and strengthens social capital. In every initiative, we build time, space, and strategies for loving relationships. For example, in our education programs, we have low adult-to-student ratios to foster authentic and meaningful connections. HOW DO WE DO IT? LIFE-GIVING RESOURCES Resources make the world go around. No matter how under-resourced, every community has something to bring to the table. We recognize and elevate the resources our community already has. Then, we bring in life-giving resources to complement and grow our neighborhood’s natural assets. Fusing outside resources with our neighborhood’s existing resources and abilities helps our community develop dignity, pride, and ownership. We operate with a strengths-based approach, continually identifying what we have and how we are growing. We recognize that key resources, like summer lunch programs and emotional resilience training, help bridge the gap between where we are and where we want to be. HOW DO WE DO IT? LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCES Community transformation requires individual change. We must see the world differently and act differently to achieve new and better results. That’s why life-changing experiences are core to our work. New experiences help push the boundaries of what we think is possible, creating an opportunity to dream bigger and reach higher. We challenge the status quo. From building a modern, unique home in the middle of Hi-Crest to bringing in an Apache Helicopter to our summer camp, we show that the extraordinary is obtainable HOW DO WE DO IT?