Core Values

The following statement of values informs Neighborhood Associates Corporation’s thinking and work. These value statements support us as we engage families and neighbors from all walks of life with whom we are partners. These core values also serve as our north star, guiding us as we structure the framework upon which our work can be sustained over time. To sustain our work, we embed the principles of Repairing the Breach in each core value. These principles are taken from the ground-breaking 1996 Commission Report entitled Repairing the Breach: Key Ways to Support Family Life, Reclaim Our Streets, and Rebuild Civil Society in America’s Communities, written and edited for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation by Dr. Bobby Austin.

Civility

CIVILITY - Children on pathCivility is a prerequisite for community living. It includes courtesy, respect, and kindness. It defines an intentional way of being in the world, guiding us in our interactions with members of our families, our community, and others we meet daily.

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We are led to treat everyone with courtesy, respect, and kindness. Civility actively creates a culture of kindness and contributes to strong neighborhood ties, safety, peace, and justice. As a member of this intentional community, the polis, we enter into an implicit “social contract” with fellow neighbors and citizens. The social contract demands ethical actions and behavior and mutual responsibility for the group.

Health

Family of Man - Yoga KidHealth is the state of good physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of individuals and families.

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Children, people, and families in good physical and mental health are able to enjoy and work toward the best that life has to offer. Access to healthcare, especially preventative care and wellness resources, is a human need. This includes assured comprehensive and affordable health insurance. Good health, a wellness support system, and good nutrition are the outcomes of a human and family development focus. To build and maintain civil society, good health practices are a cornerstone of a good community.

Housing

Family of Man - FamilyThe home is the center of a strong and vital family and personal life, the heart of a stable community, and the stage upon which life is lived, culture learned, and civility taught.

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Through housing, communities establish a visual image to the surrounding environment of the values placed in and on the people that live there. Attention to housing as a complement to a strong education ethic, emphasis on a working health network, and attention to safety creates a dynamic picture of a community focused on promoting values and places that contribute to livelihood and livable, beautiful, and safe communities. Civic dialogue around these same values and policies, housing, civility, and safety builds an understanding within the community to maintain, support, and sustain the community.

Cultural Leadership

Cultural leadership encourages the emergence of neighborhood leaders and supports traditions, integrating various cultural ideals and history that sustain and invigorate a diverse community.

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Valuing diversity is essential to our work. But this requires our best understanding of individuals and social situations. Cultural leaders develop the bridges over which diverse groups and individuals move into the public arena together. The stories they tell and retell, through the lens of various groups, is the foundation of culture, the narrative of history, and the framework around which the arts and humanities can uplift communities and repair breached relations.

Livelihood

CIVILITY-EW-step-up-training-1-e1418768369926-blackwhiteA livelihood is the means for making a living, a living that provides the necessities of one’s way of life which does no harm and benefits others.

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As we practice this art of building our set of workable livelihood endeavors, we are establishing the pathway to acquiring our most basic human needs. Often, one’s livelihood will be developed in several economic systems: (1) a macro-economic system, (2) a micro-economic system (3) a parallel economic system where macro- and microeconomics interact. Today, micro-economic systems have taken root in many communities where people and families have established a foothold in a neighborhood economy. A great deal of work is evolving around parallel economies as ways to build sustainable economic structures for local commerce and beyond.

Education

einstein - family of manEducation is the system that passes culture and accumulated knowledge from one generation to the next.

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Most importantly, through education we seek to create a culture of learning in our homes, neighborhoods, and in the wider environment. Learning takes place where our families are, at work, at play, and in service, wherever we all actively gather and interact. Human development is at the heart of education. It is the process of enlarging people’s knowledge and choices. Human development in this sense is based on universally accepted principles and rights of equal opportunity and access. It recognizes that all people should be able to lead a good life, to acquire knowledge, and to have access to the resources needed to live that life.

Green Living

Let-There-Be-Light-1954 - FAMILY OF MANGreen living conserves and preserves the earth’s natural resources and habitats.

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Living in harmony with and supporting our natural habitat is an important, conscious way of being in communities. Gardens, gardening and landscaping at their best are part of community building. Maintaining homes and buildings in ways that reduce water and air pollution, recycling materials, sustaining environmental ecology and biodiversity, and increasing awareness of the environment within the community, as well as ecstatic beauty, establishes green living as one of our core values. We are aware that our physical surroundings bear heavily on our attitudes, actions, and health. We are working to repair the breach between our environment and our everyday lives and activities. To reclaim our streets and our civil society, we are devoted to working on reclaiming our living environment.

Democracy

Drum major - FAMILY OF MANDemocracy is having an equal say, by all, in determining the political, economic, and social processes and actions that govern our lives.

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In community, grassroots democracy and grassroots civic leadership empower and enfranchises individuals in the choosing of community leaders through fair and open elections. It is where elected leaders provide forums and hearings for neighbors to organize. It also means that residents create associations to carry out their civic will within their neighborhood. The principle of grassroots civic leadership, as a democratic value, leads us to neighboring-up, organizing, and empowering young and old to take part in and take control of their lives and communities.