SEABROOKS SAYS: Most in Gaston County know about our poverty situation. Do you? Read about solutions proven to work at other places. Are you willing to address our poverty issue in some way? Now that you know, what will you do?
With its roots in Scott Miller’s national Circles movement, the Gaston County NetworX Initiative is coming to Gaston County. Having secured the Gaston County Family YMCA as its “lead agency,” Gaston NetworX is connecting with local stakeholders, including members of the faith community, helping agencies and local governmental officials, to launch a poverty initiative that has a proven, “evidence-based” track record in transforming communities across our state.
What makes NetworX distinctive in addressing the problem of generational poverty, i.e., poverty so entrenched that it passes from one generation to the next? NetworX adds the essential dimension of “relationship capital” to the mix. A central NetworX insight is that the poor among us lack much more than food and financial resources to meet their daily needs. The NetworX model engages the whole community in providing the poor among us with the essential building blocks of Relationships, Resources and Meaning as a foundation for transforming their lives.
Look for a community “kick-off” event in early 2016. Those interested in collaborating with Gaston NetworX are encouraged to reach out to our Coordinator, the Rev. Dwayne Burks, at the Gaston County Family YMCA for more information.
Sydnor Thompson, III