I served to develop projects, as a Catholic Charities agency-based Community- and "Parish-Social-Ministry-" organizer.
EXAMPLE: In this "ABCD case" I met a volunteer parishioner, enrolled in Cincinnati's Lay Pastoral Ministry Program, of which I'm a graduate (MA in Religion). This includes a required, cap-stone Ministry Project (part of her curriculum). In conversation she clarified her ABCD "motivation to act." She wanted to organize "Mentor Moms," from parishes.
The result was a Team of Mentor Mom parish volunteers (middle-income, suburban mothers) who combined their gifts in the course of trainings, starting with an ABCD weekend at Xavier for Teams. They were attracted to worked in concert with a maternity-clinic-nurse and inner-city parish staff minister doing "Emergency Assistance (EA)" work (food pantry, etc.).
Connected by the clinician, Mentor Moms worked, in Northern Kentucky, with the parish EA staff and expecting often-single low-income mothers. ABCD-trained Mentors also were oriented as a Team, for their well-defined Mentor-Mom volunteer-role, with Junior League of nearby Cincinnati, in their Mentor Mom orientation-program.
Mentor Mom's structured, collaborative role was to "accompany" low-income mothers during pregnancy and afterwards. These low-income mothers and their children, in poor neighborhoods, were isolated and vulnerable. For example, public financial-assistance was low, housing relatively expensive and the nearby women & children's homeless-shelter (part of Catholic Charities) was perpetually full.
The Clinic nurse inquired of her clients, and low-income women responded positively. These women often lived near the family- health clinic and inner-city Catholic parish. Mentor Moms visited, kept in touch by phone, celebrated family events (e.g., Baby showers, birthday parties of older siblings at the parish; Parish-supplied ice cream was a crucial asset!), problem-solved and reflected together.
ABCD-trained Mentor Moms leveraged their parish communities for solidarity -- very effectively -- to support specific needs, in a "twinning relationship" with the inner-city emergency-assistance parish-ministry. This is internally-focused "Targeted Asset Mapping" (see attached 2p ABCD Summary description). Mentor Moms leveraged their social capital for (suburban) parish solidarity actions.
ABCD-trained Mentor Moms also led an "appreciative inquiry" event -- during regularly-scheduled community free-roller-skating at the inner-city parish. This "Visionary asset mapping" experience connected the "gifts of individuals" with interested and gifted inner-city neighbors (e.g., for a karate class for other parent's older children).
The staffed clinic, inner-city parish, suburban parishes and my Catholic Charities agency served as needed ABCD "vehicles," for trained volunteers, motivated-to-act.
CBI's ABCD-training, at Xavier (Cincinnati's Jesuit University), provided the asset-based paradigm and citizen discussion-process. Mentor Moms were parents: with experience-based gifts, in social-capital-rich parishes, within an adjudicatory network with stated ideals to frame this initiative. With a structured Mentor Mom role, in faith, they served as "people for others" and to ABCD-build "communities of salt and light."
For example, they helped engage groups of parishioners in field-trip encounter experiences -- appreciative inquiry -- with the inner-city parish EA program and homeless shelter. This resulted in the renewing mobilization of gifts of individuals, resources of their associations and assets of their institutions (e.g., parishes). (ABCD's critique of over-professionalization, theologically, is faith-community-damaging clericalism.)
Such gift-mobilizing pastoral ministry is virtually synonymous with community development. This places ABCD at a high value, in practical internally-focused projects, where leaders pick up this paradigm, while integrating professional ("clinical") services.
ABCD can "bridge silos" in and between organizations to mobilize more of available community capacity. Successful ABCD projects like this necessarily are collaborations, with specific characteristics (see attached 2p book reference). This mobilization-paradigm is needed in our contemporary contexts. See:
updated by @mac-johnson: 08/15/19 09:46:42PM