Community development social change case study brings to life the human dynamics involved in dramatically renewing neighborhoods into stronger, developed communities. The new book, Journeys Into Justice, describes ten case histories, all of which engage groups of people in different ways in dramatic change—creating action to empower social change through community development. It is a source for a community development social change case study.
One example of a community development social change case study history in the book is the CommonBond Communities in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. CommonBond Communities is a collaborative nonprofit organization that has created nearly 5,000 units of affordable rental housing with supportive services for families. In the 1970s CommonBond realized that to create successful rental family housing it was necessary to invest in creating strong families. Family achievement centers were created to build community by providing counseling, job training, financial education, daycare and pre-schools, and teaching home management skills. The empowering of individuals and families brought vitality to the community. CommonBond Communities has become a national-level model for community development. It is a community development social change case study that can be emulated.
A second community development social change case study in this book is BorderLinks of Tucson and Nogales. BorderLinks is a bi-national center for education and community development. By listening to and learning from the people of Nogales, Mexico, BorderLinks has enabled community development social change by helping mothers organize a school lunch program for 300 young children and create daycare and a pre-school in an underdeveloped area of Nogales. Further community development efforts resulted in organizing a cooperative food market, a bakery, and a small business to sew school uniforms. This community development attracted a major donor who financed a micro-lending bank that in three years funded over 80 new, small businesses that created jobs for women and men in the Nogales area. There is now a new sense of confidence and continued community development in the area. This is a valuable community development social change case study
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