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Monthly Archives: April 2014

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Inclusion in Action: Rockford Interfaith Council’s Open Houses

To transform the Rockford region, we must work together as a community and understand one another.

In that spirit – and to foster an understanding of individuals and faiths in our region – please consider attending the Rockford Interfaith Council’s Open Houses of Worship this Sunday afternoon.

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Transform Rockford: Volunteer spotlight ~ Anqunette Parham

Volunteer spotlight

Name: Anqunette Parham

Anqunette Parham

Anqunette Parham

Age: 33

Occupation: I have worked in the Community Services Division of Crusader Community Health for the last 10 years. In my role there, I have done HIV counseling, testing and prevention throughout the community. I have also coordinated a number of special projects and collaborative efforts with other organizations in our service area that have addressed issues of health disparity. I am currently the Community Services Grant Administrator and a Law Student at John Marshall Law School of Chicago.

Transform Rockford involvement: I’ve worked with Transform Rockford as both a moderator and smaller group facilitator at several community visioning sessions. I am also assisting in the facilitation of the vision drafting process.

The importance of shared values: To me, the shared values are critical because numerous movements have come and gone — most of them expressed little to no concern regarding whose voices were not being heard. I firmly believe that if you’re not at the table, you’re likely on the menu. This community has seen more than its fair share of initiatives, meetings, developments and plans that have ignored the needs and real-life perspectives of the people most directly impacted by their proposed outcomes. I know that there are many skeptics who believe that a process like this one can neither be genuine nor successful. We welcome their skepticism, along with their vision for what this community can become. Our shared values welcome the critics and naysayers and invite them to just dream a little. The shared values affirm this movement’s realization that our community deserves better, and together we can make it better. But we must embody every shared value to escape mediocrity and make that happen.

Source: RRSTAR


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Transform Rockford: Volunteer spotlight ~ Philippe Gardner

Name: Philippe Gardner

Philippe Gardner

Philippe Gardner

Age: 33

Occupation/Profession: Senior financial analyst

Transform Rockford involvement: Analysis team/vision drafting/hope to be on strategy building when it’s time

Quote: This movement allows us to alter our current fate. It has significance greater than any one person or agenda and takes into account all persons and ideas in our region.

What’s new at TR: We have just completed a draft version of the vision and impact statements crafted from the thousands of voices that participated in the community visioning sessions.

What’s next: The vision/impact statements will be presented to the steering committee and to those that facilitated the community visioning sessions, making sure that the spirit of those meetings has been captured. After these groups review it, question it, cut it up and look at it from every angle, and feel confident that we have something worthy, that’s when we will present to the community to see if we got it right. After community feedback and revisions, if necessary, the strategy team will take the baton and begin to bridge the gap from where we began at the Coronado with the brutal facts to a place where our citizens and hopefully others want to be.

Source: RRSTAR


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Where are we in the Transformation Process?

VDGraphicWhere are we in the Transformation Process?

Transformation is a process.  It started in November 2013, with a call to action – a statement that things can and should be better in our region.  We encouraged the use of the Transformation Process and the use of Shared Values – tried and true tools to make dramatic change in many organizations.  The community responded and supported the approach.

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Why TransformRockford? – Lawrence

Lawrence

Lawrence

“I want Rockford to be a safer, family friendly place to live. I am not the type of person to sit back and murmur or complain, I want to do something about it. ” – Lawrence


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Great American Cleanup Day with Transform Rockford

You’re invited to participate in this year’s Great American Cleanup Day with Transform Rockford!

In conjunction with Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful and Habitat for Humanity, Transform Rockford will participate in the Great American Clean Up Day. The Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community effort to keep America beautiful. Every Spring the Rockford region joins thousands of communities across the U.S., donating time to clean up miles of streets and roads.

Transform Rockford t-shirts will be provided to those who preregister.
*Please indicate t-shirt size when completing the registration process.

Where:  Meet at Wayne’s Feed Store, 3435 Auburn Street

When:   April 26, 2013

Register/pick up supplies 8:00am – 9:00am

Clean up: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Why:     Help keep our region trash free and beautiful.

What:    Clean up areas surrounding Habitat for Humanity sites (Central Ave beginning at   Auburn St, heading to Kilburn Ave. and back; Bressler Park; Mel Anderson Bike Path)

Clean up supplies will be provided by Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful.

We hope to see you there!

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Why TransformRockford? – Harlan

Harlan

Harlan

“We need to figure out a way for people to freely choose to appreciate and enjoy both our unity and our differences.” – Harlan


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Shared Values – It is fast becoming a tradition!

Shared Values – It is fast  becoming a tradition!

We are starting all TransformRockford meetings with a review of shared values.  It sets the tone for discussion and it works!

Below is an image from the start of a recent vision drafting session. – Mike Schablaske, Executive Director of TransformRockford

recent vision drafting session

recent vision drafting session


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Check out the Community Visioning Session Comments

Take a few moments and read the comments from the Community Visioning Sessions.

See http://transformrockford.org/vision-draft/

Gen X&Y Community Visioning Session

Gen X&Y Community Visioning Session


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