Become a Transformer
Brief Campaign Update
Meet Jeff, a City Catalyst
Jeff was a businessman for 25 years and managed a division of a large electronics company in
Phoenix. During that time, for over 10 years, he was involved in a Saturday morning children's Bible study and breakfast in an under-served, small city of Guadalupe. This community of 5500 people consists almost entirely of Yaqui Natives (indigenous to Mexico) now surrounded by the expanding city of Phoenix. It was only one mile from Jeff's church! The congregation began busing the kids to the church on Saturday mornings for this outreach.

Then his wife, Cindy, introduced Jeff to Neighborhood Transformation. They sought to adapt what they were doing to the Neighborhood Transformation strategy. Jeff and Cindy struggled with this adaptation for over a year but found it was not working. However, the Lord was working. He moved them to realize that Neighborhood Transformation was a wholistic ministry dependent on building relationships with neighbors. They prayed for direction and the Lord led Jeff to take a very early retirement to go full time into this city to implement Neighborhood Transformation. Also we assisted Jeff set up his own non-profit and provided the ability for him to receive tax deductible donations through our Affiliate program.

Friendships were built upon. Community members were motivated to come together to focus on their assets. A challenged community elected to begin its self-improvement process with a basketball team. Many kids in Guadalupe wanted to play basketball but could not afford the Boys and Girls club. Soon 35 highly motivated children were competing at basketball!
From this grew the desire to improve their children's education and job prospects, driving the creation of a community-run tutoring program. Less than 50% of their children were graduating from high school or getting their GED, dooming them to poor paying jobs, if they were lucky enough to find those.  The community wanted to change this. A space was rented cheaply in the Mercado to hold tutoring sessions. Today, two tutoring sessions a day are held with approximately 50 children and their families participating. The best part is that most of the tutoring comes from members of the community who have discovered they have assets to change the future.
Then this re-energized community began focusing on establishing a job-training program. This accomplished, other innovations began cascading in. Dysfunctional families were worked with in mutual support groups. A young moms clubs was begun, giving the tools to become nurturing mothers to their young children. Graduate education degree training was begun to assist adults in completing their education. 

The community reached out to partners like Grand Canyon University and the University of Arizona to bring community nursing and nutritional education to the community. The Sheriff's Department was engaged to improve mutual respect between police and community. The city took on painting and beautification projects. Today community leaders hold a quarterly gathering with those trying to implement NT from different neighborhoods across the greater Phoenix area, in order that they can learn from each other.

Through all of this, the community has learned confidence in problem solving and has been motivated to mutually support one another, sacrificially loving one another as Christ emptied Himself to love us. The community has learned it can conquer the issues which it has chosen to work on and is willing to invest in.
Its leaders and the majority of the helpers in the program are from the community itself. The community even  supports some of its projects through local  fundraising. Jeff reports the following:  The work is about doing things with our Guadalupe friends and letting them lead and own the work. We are here for the long haul with our Guadalupe friends; knowing this will take generations of work. We do things at the speed the community wants; working on what we together identify as challenges and then working together to address them.  

Jeff is involved directly in Guadalupe to help it become a model that people can visit and see Neighborhood Transformation in action. In addition he has held several Neighborhood Transformation trainings to equip churches across the valley. He also hosts a quarterly meeting of churches implementing Neighborhood transformation in the city so they can learn from each other.  You get the picture.

  Help Spread Neighborhood Transformation into New Cities  

Would you consider helping us to meet the goal of increasing the number of new monthly donors to 50 by the end of this campaign? The money will be used to raise up more City Catalysts like Jeff.

Donate Here  and become a Regular Supporter and a become a Transformer.

To Donate By Check 
Make Out To: Collaborative for Neighborhood Transformation 
Mail To:                Schneider and Associates Suite D-122
                                          727 E. Bethany Home
                                             Phoenix, AZ 85014
Stan Rowland
President, Collaborative for Neighborhood Transformation

PS: Remember that enlistment in the Transformers Club and raising up 50 new regular givers is our goal. Help us reach that goal and become a Transformer.

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