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April 2015 Blog Posts (22)

Consider this...

Without our stories, how will we know it's us? And without hearing and reading and seeing the stories of others, how will we know who they are? Cultural wisdom from Kentucky and Roadside Theater: Art in a Democracy​

Added by Lee Cruz on April 30, 2015 at 10:21am — No Comments

Tours Opening Grove Street Cemetery

Greetings To All,

Well, another year of tours is upon us. So to give out the information - Grove Street Cemetery will open this weekend…


Added by Patricia B. Illingworth on April 29, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Baltimore Video Shows Freddie Gray Protest Turns Destructive

Freddie Gray,  handout / Baltimore Sun -Undated family handout picture of Freddie Gray.

Freddie Gray is the 25 year-old African American…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on April 27, 2015 at 11:03pm — 1 Comment

Community Policing Is A Joint Effort

SPEAK UP! Help Get Killers Off The Street!

Community Policing Is A Joint Effort

The killer or killers of 16 year-old Jericho Scott, buried 4/25/15, and of 16 year-old Torrence Gamble, killed 4/3/2014, are still walking the streets of NH. So are the killers of Javier Martinez, age 18, buried Jan. 3, 2014, and of Durell Law, age 20, killed…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on April 26, 2015 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Heroin Sweeping Across Suburban America And College Campuses

Your Attention PLEASE! We Might Not Know Our Children As Well As We Think We Do

We invite you to read the complete article linked below in the New York Times:


Added by N'Zinga Shani on April 25, 2015 at 2:40pm — 1 Comment

THE WORD: A Citywide Youth Poetry Jam

On Friday, APRIL 24TH...

EXPERIENCE the SOUL of NEW HAVEN'S YOUTH for THE WORD: A Citywide Youth Poetry Jam!

35 POETS representing 16 HIGH SCHOOLS across our BEAUTIFUL Elm City will COME TOGETHER on FRIDAY, APRIL 24TH to share their PASSION, CREATIVITY... and POETRY!


+ Hillhouse! 



Added by Sarah Tankoos on April 23, 2015 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Cost Effective Genetic Tests Coming Soon – Thanks to ACLU

OneWorld Progressive Institute (OneWorld), Inc. Presents:



Added by N'Zinga Shani on April 22, 2015 at 12:54pm — 1 Comment

Linear Trails: Connecting People to Places and Each Other

In Greater New Haven and north through the state’s central corridor, off-road linear trails are getting lots of people moving again, while also bringing value to the economy, the environment and the community.

Often built on abandoned railroad beds and following rivers or other natural…


Added by The Community Foundation for GNH on April 22, 2015 at 12:26pm — No Comments

14 Year- Old West Haven Boy Got Heart Transplant

West Haven teen doing OK after heart transplant, says he is looking forward to playing basketball (By Mark Zaretsky, New Haven Register -April 15, 2015)…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on April 20, 2015 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

When Good Donors Do Bad Things

Well-meaning supporters can undermine their own good works with certain annoying actions


Added by Mike Burns on April 16, 2015 at 3:10pm — 1 Comment

A New Phase in Anti-Obama Attacks – NY Times Editorial Board


Added by N'Zinga Shani on April 15, 2015 at 11:09pm — 1 Comment


Education Agenda: NHPS & NYC High Schools Have Similarities and Differences.  NHPS Administrators Can Learn Much by Looking at What Is Happening In New York.  We can always learn from the mistakes made by others.  Also, the "experts" are not always right.  The most important experts are the children and how they benefit from what the administration does.

By looking closely at the segment of the article…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on April 12, 2015 at 12:24am — 1 Comment

Nonprofit Governance Book Review

I just completed reading "Corporate Concinnity in the Board Room: 10 Imperatives to Drive High Performing Companies" by Nancy Falls published by Greenleaf Book Group Press (

For sure you will learn two items in this book.  First, concinnity is a real word and can be used in a sentence. According to most references…


Added by Mike Burns on April 11, 2015 at 12:31pm — No Comments

End ‘Conversion’ Therapies for Gay and Transgender Youth

It is difficult, in fact impossible, to draw any definitive conclusions about what is involved in dealing with transgender teens and associate issues from any one situation.  These are complex situations and no two people's situations are exactly the same.  Some families have dealt with transgender family members very successfully, and both the families and the individuals are doing well.  In other situations -- when people are not well informed, or when some…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on April 8, 2015 at 10:23pm — 1 Comment

BILL 5505

If you haven't done so, please sign the petition. CT's children deserve it!

Legislation is being proposed that could potentially be devastating to the Children's Law…


Added by Summer Spellman on April 8, 2015 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Community Parenting Group in Fair Haven - English & Spanish

A Community Parenting Group – Starting in May 2015 / English & Español

By:                  Nurturing Families Network & Fair Haven Community Health

Group Topic:  Circle of Security Parenting Group (building secure…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on April 8, 2015 at 12:48am — No Comments

Touching the Hearts of Possible Donors and Volunteers—Just How Is It Done?

Three years ago, former accountant Marion Ruthig created an organization that focused on increasing community involvement in the public sector through the art of storytelling over that of facts and figures. Her nonprofit, I Support Community, focuses on linking potential donors and volunteers to nonprofits based on the unique telling of each organization’s story. Through a series of videos, I…


Added by Lee Cruz on April 7, 2015 at 2:47pm — No Comments

National Public Health Week Is April 6 – 12, 2015

Join the effort to make America a Healthy Nation.  This is National Public Health Week.  Each individual can have a direct impact on our health care system; learn how by visiting the National Health Week web site linked below and getting the Toolkit.  Know that good health is an important aspect of personal wealth.  Learn how you can maintain good health and help your loved ones to be healthy.…


Added by N'Zinga Shani on April 6, 2015 at 4:25pm — No Comments

“It was meant to be”: A new provider builds her family child care business from the ground up

Providing high-quality care for very young children is hard work. Family child care providers have to be energetic, positive, patient, and knowledgeable about child development and best practice in the field. However, they also must be able to manage a sustainable business, which takes a different set of skills.



Added by Jessica Sager on April 3, 2015 at 10:28am — No Comments

Chief Dean Esserman receives Manware Award form Family Centered Services of CT

Family Centered Service of CT is pleased to announce that Dean M. Esserman, Chief of the New Haven Department of Police Service, will be the recipient of the Richard Manware Award at its annual Spring Cocktail Party and Auction on May 7, 2015.   

 “The theme of this year’s Spring Cocktail Party and Auction is Opening Doors.  So much of what happens to victims of child abuse and domestic violence happens behind closed doors,” stated Cheryl Burack, Executive Director of Family Centered…


Added by Susan D'Orvilliers on April 1, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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Imagine. Inform. Invest. Inspire.

Working together to build a stronger community - now and forever

Neighborhoods: What is Working

Parish Portrait: Mt Scott-Arleta, Portland, OR with B.D. Dormaier

How a few plants, a mural, and less pavement could bring more to a neighborhood than one big ministry.

Government Innovation Isn’t Your Main Problem

An undue focus on making government more innovative might inhibit you from working with the innovation that is going on and the innovators who are doing it.

Color Your World with Kindness

A Better World's short animated video shows how small acts of kindness can spread and flourish within our communities and beyond.

Open Street Project

Join us for an Open Streets Study Tour October 6th-8th!

The Open Streets Project is partnering with the non-profit organization New Brunswick Tomorrow to deliver an educational Open Streets Study Tour in New Brunswick, NJ from October 6th - October 8th. The Study Tour will feature classroom sessions, networking opportunities, a behind the scenes tour of New Brunswick’s industry leading Ciclovia.

The post Join us for an Open Streets Study Tour October 6th-8th! appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Open Streets Project Revamped

The Open Streets Project has undergone some changes over the last year. We bid a sad farewell to project co-founder, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, who are moving on to other things, and we happily welcomed a new partner, international Open Streets leader 8 80 Cities. We are excited for all the possibilities and energy this partnership will bring.

The post Open Streets Project Revamped appeared first on Open Streets Project.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Wells Fargo Helps LISC Expand Financial Opportunity

LISC and Wells Fargo have a long history of collaboration on work to expand housing, economic development, health, safety and jobs. A new $2.5 million grant from the bank will help LISC expand Financial Opportunity Centers in 15 cities so they can reach more people with more services, and help people raise their incomes and overall standards of living.

In DC, LISC selected as Fund Manager for a new Housing Preservation Fund

LISC has been selected by the Department of Housing and Community Development to serve as fund manager for the District’s new Housing Preservation Fund with the award of $5 million for LISC to invest. As the preservation fund manager, LISC will invest $20 million in ensuring that low income Washingtonians can remain a part of the District’s bright future.

A Bold New $45 Million Partnership Takes Aim at the Health Gap

A vigorous and unprecedented partnership between LISC and ProMedica, an Ohio-based integrated health system, is set to inject tens of millions of dollars to improve health outcomes and wellbeing in underinvested Toledo neighborhoods. The collaboration, which will serve as a national model, will fund opportunities for employment, income-building, education, community safety and affordable housing—all the social determinants that shape a person’s health. “When we connect [the] talent and resources [of the healthcare industry] to the expertise of community developers, we have an opportunity to drive changes that help people live better—literally adding years to their life,” said LISC CEO Maurice Jones. “That’s incredibly powerful.”

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