Reason #21: Community development is a group effort

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Rob Vander Giessen-Reitsma

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Reason #21: The responsibility for community development falls into the hands of more than just a few individuals; it requires a group effort and help from folks such as you.
As a culture, we love stories about how the vision and commitment of one spectacular individual makes an amazing difference for a community. For example, how many different films chronicle the life of an outstanding teacher in a struggling school? We do love our heroes and many individuals are appropriately honored for their resilience against the odds.
However, on the ground, community development and lasting change are more often the work of a whole group of people struggling together in the same direction, whether the goal is a neighborhood that’s safe for children of all colors or the establishment of a thriving local business district. When one person is working alone, projects tend to depend on that individual’s well-being and commitment and fall apart when he or she inevitably becomes exhausted. But when many people from diverse backgrounds are working together, communities benefit from more ideas, greater inclusivity and a better shot at sustainability. Members of a group can hold each other up, hold each other accountable and pick up the slack when circumstances require it.
Thank you to all of those who are dreaming, investing, waiting and working together with us as we imagine what’s possible for Huss School, the well-being of Three Rivers and the future of the Church.