Asset-mapping in Uptown

Uptown homesUptown Memphis is rich with resources and assets, from M.A.M. at Greenlaw Community Center, Girls Inc. and Bridges working with the youth of the neighborhood, Salvation Army Women’s Center and Missionaries of Charity meeting needs of homeless women,  the Uptown Community Outreach Program (COP) and Neighborhood Watch seeking to make it a safe place.  On Saturday March 28th from 8:30 – 1:00, we are hosting a day of asset-mapping and community development with the help of Communities of Shalom.  We will seek to bring together representatives from each of these organizations as well as neighbors, business owners, and leaders from local churches to work together to discern where God is working and what unmet needs might present possibilities for creative and collaborative ministry going forward. Smith CenterThe building where Jacob’s Well meets has been filled with vital ministry for over 20 years.  Before the neighborhood was even called “Uptown,” Holy Community Church was planted in Hurt Village, as it was known, to meet the needs of the people and establish a Kingdom presence.  Early on, Communities of Shalom began working with Holy Community to create the Uptown Shalom Zone.

Communities of Shalom  is a faith-inspired, spirit-led community change movement that brings together those that live, work and worship in a specific community to build relationships and social networks and to foster the well-being (spiritual, economic, health) of neighbors.
The Shalom Zone training weaves the following principles of Shalom through a 40-hour facilitation: 
Systemic and sustainable change
Health, healing, harmony and wholeness
Asset-based community development
Love of God, self, neighbor
Organized for action
Multi-faith, multicultural collaboration

Uptown Alliance, a job training and placement organization came out of these early efforts.    Holy Community Church is still very active in the neighborhood Sunday-Friday and in 2012 invited Jacob’s Well in, a sister church,  as a collaborative partner in shared ministry.  Together we are seeking to reignite this Uptown Shalom Zone as we seek to love our neighbors and show Christ to the neighborhood.  Join us on March 28th to learn more.

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