In the afternoon, we held a convening with 15 community leaders and discussed services being offered, how the community is responding to the needs of the Hispanic community and what we are doing to be inclusive. The second portion of the meeting focused on the Stevens Forward Social Inclusion Driver - "by 2012 we will have established an inclusive culture that embraces a diversity of people in our population and encourages their uniqueness to flourish and enhance our community." Learn more about Stevens Forward at http://www.stevensforward.org/. We discussed how we are doing with this goal and waht the challenges and gaps are.
As is the case with most community convenings, the Otto Bremer Foundation staff are invited to, we as a community learn more about ourselves and find opportunities to better work together. For example, I made a connection with the founders of a group called Lazos (whose purppose it is to help the Latino community build relationships in Stevens County and through events and activities bring the cultures together) by inviting them to be part of our nonprofit group called Resource Connections (whose purpose it is to strengthen the Stevens County community through nonprofit cooperation.) And that is just one example!
Holly Witt, NRS, Alexandria
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