WHAT DO YOU DO YEAR-ROUND?
Mission House is intentionally situated in a neighborhood where long-term economic renewal, racial reconciliation, and spiritual transformation are necessary. We're convinced this could be said about all neighborhoods, but there are specific transformation needs we are attempting to address where we are located. They include:
- Addressing the overwhelming problem of nearby abandoned housing through the acquisition and renovation of structures and spaces.
- Asset-mapping and local inventories following a strengths-based neighborhood approach.
- Ongoing advocacy work aimed at addressing the underlying structural problems affecting our neighbors.
- Deep relationship-building based on reciprocal acts of hospitality across racial, cultural, and economic boundaries.
- Fostering (and when necessary, introduction) of vitality into the neighborhood through strategic re-neighboring.
HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT ADDRESSING THE ABOVE CHALLENGES?
We take a strengths-based approach that assumes much of what is necessary for the vital transformation of a neighborhood is already present in that neighborhood. For us, this conviction is rooted in the "missio dei", which is simply a latin expression for the conviction that God is already active wherever we go, working towards God's mission of renewing and restoring all things.
WHAT IS YOUR TIMELINE FOR ADDRESSING THE ABOVE CHALLENGES?
We have completed the purchase of our first abandoned structure and expect to fully restore that property sometime in 2016. We expect to complete a full asset-mapping of our local neighborhood by the end of Summer 2016. We have already been working here since 2012 in the ongoing work of relationship-building, advocacy, and training of young adults.
HOW DO I GET CONNECTED TO THIS WORK?
With discernment, you may join us in some part of our work. You may contribute financially to another joining us or to the ongoing re-construction that will be necessary throughout our time here. Please feel free to contact us anytime.