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Building the Sunnyslope Community Faith Based Collaborative

By Jim Welter | June 16, 2017 | 2 Comments

You’ve read my blogs before that state how ‘collaboration’ is in the DNA of IMPACT Phoenix.  When we formed the Sunnyslope Collaborative to respond to the community’s request to assist their efforts in ending homelessness in Sunnyslope, we began to plan the launch of I-HELP Sunnyslope from the “faith community out”.  (See previous blog for…

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Bridges Out of Poverty Initiative

By Jim Welter | May 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

In late April I met a wonderful person, Danielle,  who coordinates the Bridges Out of Poverty initiative here in Phoenix, through St. Vincent de Paul.  Danielle is holding an Understanding Poverty workshop on Friday, June 23rd that I’d encourage anyone who serves individuals in poverty to attend.  Here’s the event invite link: From St. Vincent de Paul’s…

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Sunnyslope Community Faith Based Collaborative I-HELP Initiative

By Jim Welter | May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

I was invited by Councilwoman Stark of District 3 of Phoenix to comment, at the City’s budget hearing on April 20th, on the 2017-18 City budget as it relates to providing monies for initiatives that assist individuals experiencing homelessness.  The City has budgeted to increase outreach services to those living on the street and the I-HELP…

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Justice Plus a Transformed Life Brings Hope

By Jim Welter | December 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Today was a special day for an IMPACT Phoenix client. After living a pretty normal life, Rose (not real name) fell into an addiction resulting in incarceration, damaged relationships, financial ruin, and homelessness.  Fortunately, she sought help at ‘the bottom’ from a great community organization called Lifewell Behavioral Wellness and successfully completed a 3 month rehab…

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Did I Say Collaboration?

By Jim Welter | May 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

I’ve blogged before (January 16, 2016) about the value of collaborative efforts in person and community transformation. At the risk of being repetitive, I write about collaboration again today because I continue to see its value play out in my interactions with individuals and families in crisis. Problems and challenges within a person’s life are rarely…

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Collaborative For Neighborhood Transformation

By Jim Welter | February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last week I had the privilege to share a cup of coffee with Stan Rowland, Facilitator and key developer of the Collaborative for Neighborhood Transformation. Neighborhood Transformation (NT) arose from Community Health Evangelism (CHE) strategy, which is a wholistic, transformational, empowering ministry. This Neighborhood Transformation strategy raises up community based organizations, agency non-profits and churches…

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Technology Supported Coordination and Collaboration

By Jim Welter | January 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Some readers of this blog will know that I recently returned from the Minneapolis area after caring for my sister who became seriously ill shortly before Christmas (hence the gap in adding to my blog postings).  Coming from a healthcare background, I was impressed how today’s electronic health record technology allowed each of the 5 physician…

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Bringing Hope……

By Jim Welter | December 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

On Friday afternoon, I received a call from a colleague and friend who, because of her background in a previous role within our State government, received a ‘distress call’ for help from a friend who had just been introduced to a mom (I’ll call her ‘Sara’-not her real name) with 7 children who was facing imminent eviction…

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Collective IMPACT

By Jim Welter | December 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last Thursday, I had the privilege of attending the Sunnyslope Youth and Family Partnerships Navigator Training session.  This meeting is held the 1st Thursday of each month at Open Door Fellowship Church. Sunnyslope Youth and Family Partnership is a collaboration of representatives from schools, neighborhood groups, hospital departments, social service agencies and governmental entities who work together…

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From Furniture to Future

By Jim Welter | November 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Two weeks ago Impact Phoenix was contacted by a director of a well known community agency to help a fellow staff member who was in crisis and one of her immediate needs was apartment furniture.  Through its robust, vetted Resource Directory, Impact Phoenix was able to refer this individual to an agency who has a heart…

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