Urban Homeworks

Urban Homeworks
2015 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

The mission of Urban Homeworks is to perpetuate the hope of Jesus Christ through innovative community development that produces dignified housing for low-income families, a strategic network of good neighbors and the redemptive development of real estate.

Since 1995, Urban Homeworks has been a faith-based organization striving to reweave the fabric of communities through a multi-faceted approach that combines dignified housing, volunteer mobilization, construction training for community members and the development of a group of engaged neighbors. This powerful model of neighborhood transformation and stabilization has resulted in more than 200 redeveloped properties and a network of 17,000 volunteers, 1,200 construction trainees, and 375 Urban Neighbors who have lived in and served the community.

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Thursday, Semptember 27

12:00pm Bus departs Hilton
12:30pm Arrive at Urban Homeworks
12:30pm-1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm-2:00pm Intro to UHW & neighborhood tour (Lovell Square)
2:00pm-3:15pm Workshop I: Responding Collaboratively to Crises
3:15pm-3:30pm Break
3:30pm-4:45pm Workshop II: Cross-Missional Collaboration
Option 1: Training Youth (Tree Trust partnership)
Option 2: Fostering Homeownership (LCLT partnership)
Option 3: Engaging Suburban Churches (CPC partnership/Quick Silvers)
5:00pm Bus departs Urban Homeworks
5:30pm Arrive at Hilton


Workshop I: Responding Collaboratively to Crises
Presenters: Chad Schwitters, Executive Director of Urban Homeworks, and guests
In times of crisis, a variety of organizations and individuals must join together to respond effectively and thoroughly. Whether a community’s crisis is escalating violence, leadership upheaval or a natural disaster, a swift and organized response is essential to ensure that people’s needs are met and recovery can begin. Our panel will engage in a reflective discussion about the crisis response that occurred in North Minneapolis following a devastating tornado in May 2011. Discussion topics include lessons learned, sustaining resulting partnerships and moving beyond the crisis. (Panel may include non-profit, church and local government representatives.)

Workshop II: Cross-Missional Collaboration
Presenters: Urban Homeworks staff and representatives from partnering organizations
How do you foster and nurture healthy partnerships with organizations that have different, but complimentary missions to your own? Join an Urban Homeworks staff member and a representative from one of their partnering organizations to discuss and gain practical knowledge around the topics of training youth, fostering homeownership and engaging suburban churches. Participants may choose one of the three following workshops, each focusing on a unique type of cross-missional collaboration.

Option 1: Training Youth (Tree Trust partnership)
UHW has developed a construction skills training program through partnership with a youth development organization called Tree Trust. Learn about how this unique partnership is managed and walk away with useful tools for fostering a youth training partnership within their own ministry environment.

Option 2: Fostering Homeownership (LCLT partnership)
Justice at its core is an economic issue. UHW and Lakes Community Land Trust have formed a partnership that supports families in building their wealth through homeownership. Successfully moving from renting to owning is a multi-step process for families of low-income. Learn about the most significant challenges in this important part of economic justice and receive practical tools and knowledge to turn those challenges into stories of triumph.

Option 3: Engaging Suburban Churches (CPC partnership/Quick Silvers)
Strong connections between practitioners and church partners are essential for sustaining long-term development in our most under-resourced communities. UHW staff share their journey in building effective partnerships with local suburban churches in the Twin Cities and provide participants with practical recommendations for engaging churches in meaningful ways.

Pre-registration for On Location Workshops is required. Purchase a ticket for Urban Homeworks here. The $10 fee covers lunch and transportation costs. All ages are welcome at this site; attendance is limited to 50. This site is not handicapped-accessible. Parts of this event will be held outdoors. Come dressed for the weather, rain or shine.

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