Presence NOT Programs

Presence NOT Programs

This past week I got a call from an organization. They had watched some of our videos about our amazing great neighbors and wanted to know our strategy for identifying neighborhood leaders.   When I shared that we spend a lot of time one on one with emerging leaders,...

Do You See Needs or Assets?

Do You See Needs or Assets?

Asset-based community development language is everywhere.  I am seeing it in a new health department initiative, on church denominational websites, and in grant requirements from major foundations.  However, when you look closely, the development efforts you find look...

Hatching a Citizen-Driven Asset-Based Project

Hatching a Citizen-Driven Asset-Based Project

Over the past few weeks our summer Dream Catcher teams, hosted 5 celebrations.  The youth shared what they had learned about their neighborhood along with their personal hopes and dreams.  They then invited their neighbors to join them in making the dreams of the...

What do we do with the darkness?

What do we do with the darkness?

One of Embrace Richmond’s core values is "enduring optimism."  We work hard to stay positive. To see the challenges we face as opportunities for growth.  I have personally seen some miraculous things happen when people tap into hope and work together to release the...