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Angie K
@angie-k
07/21/21 04:23:11PM
8 posts

Sharing our Context


ABCD and Rural Communities

I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have lived in the county we still call home for our entire lives other than being away at college, but this was still home. We couldn't wait to get back.  I lived in the corner of the county bordering two other counties until I was 17 and my parents sold the family homestead. The total population of the county is 48,000.  Eight years ago we moved from one side of the county to the other and now live in a small golf community just out side of the largest town in the county, pop. 9,000.  I didn't think I would like living with houses this close, but there are only 85 homes here and we are a close neighborhood that really takes care of one another.  I recently took over coordinating the Cobblestone Directory so I could get to know my neighbors even better.  It has been fun.  

Noble County, IN is 41% manufacturing in its employment followed by education, retail and 4th being agriculture (there goes THAT myth that we all live down on the farm!)  The manufacturing here is heavily automotive so we took a pretty big hit with COVID, but we are back to the pre-covid significant issue of WAY more jobs than workers to fill them.  Unfortunately, we have had people flat out tell us they are "taking the summer off" because they can "get a job anywhere whenever they want."  The problem with that is that we have already lost two major employers and another line from a third.   They are going where they can get workers which means the people who WERE working just lost jobs in which they had gained seniority.  They have jobs but are starting at the bottom of the totem pole again.  It's rough to watch.  

Housing ... lack of it ... is a big issue here.  It's worse now than before COVID.  Many landlords here are small business sort of landlords and the moratoriums completely took them out.  Several sold the homes and walked away.  Don't get me started on the horrible trickle down impact of moratoriums.  Our people are in serious debt from riding that for so long and we're now working with them to try to get them out of that trench.

I'm attaching a Mission Insite report that's fairly accurate except I don't fully agree with the diversity status.  We have a pretty significant population from Mexico (our home town is 52% or higher out of 4600 or so people) and there is a significant population from Yemin here in Kendallville.  We have a lot of Amish folks, as well.  Other than that, it's pretty accurate, but I just ran it and haven't taken a deep dive yet.

Now I'm off to start a staycation in which we will explore our county and surrounding area on foot, on bikes and in our Jeep!


Noble County Full Insite July 2021.pdf - 536KB
Angie K
@angie-k
07/08/21 03:30:05PM
8 posts

Urban Rural Divide


ABCD and Rural Communities

Are you referring to the "In Search of 'Good' Rural Data?"

Aspen Institute has several reports.  Very interesting site.  I spent some time surfing around.  Now I have even MORE reading to do.

Angie K
@angie-k
07/08/21 03:03:01PM
8 posts

Rural life in literature


ABCD and Rural Communities

This reminds me of our daughter and her husband who both grew up in the rural community and thought the city life would be MUCH better.  They couldn't wait to get out of here.  They lived in a suburb of Indianapolis. Then they lived in a suburb of Columbus, OH.  Then a suburb of Denver, CO.  Back to Indiana to a city center near Indianapolis again.  Now they are back in the rural community and can't figure out why they ever left.  They don't regret their adventures, but they never found home to be so much a home as the rural community where you can see the stars and hear the crickets at night.

Angie K
@angie-k
07/08/21 02:50:45PM
8 posts

Principles from ebook Conversation


ABCD and Rural Communities

The Transformation Principle is what Common Grace Ministries is all about.  Giving people "free" "stuff" will never make a dent in poverty because it doesn't change a thing.  It might alleviate hunger for the moment, but it doesn't change the hunger of tomorrow.  Mother Teresa's quote is marvelous!  Who can we BE to others so that they can discover all that God intends for them to be?

Angie K
@angie-k
06/16/21 02:33:12PM
8 posts

I found this parable to be apropos to our collective work...


ABCD and Rural Communities

This is amazing!!  Love it.  Thank you, Derek!

Angie K
@angie-k
05/26/21 03:50:12PM
8 posts

Stereotyping in the Cornfield


ABCD and Rural Communities






I was just in a diversity training this afternoon, where participants were told to "be brave" when it comes to bringing about understanding.  So here goes...in this week alone, I have bumped into stereotypes about rural communities that have made me shake my head, get over my frustration and finally laugh a little about it.


A couple of them came, ironically, in a meeting about rural communities and how ABCD applies.  It is my hope that those of us who actually live or have lived in the rural community can help break down these misconceptions about those of us who live and work in the rural community.


One was about the "rural community coffee shop c.a.v.e"  "Complaining about virtually everything."  While that talk does take place (I know these guys at the local coffee shop personally), I would bet that doesn't ONLY happen in RURAL coffee shops nor in EVERY coffee shop. It's really rather entertaining to join them once in awhile.  City-slickers always welcome.


"Getting resources to the rural community..."  We already have resources in the rural community...even communities that are in the cornfields! Yep!  It's true. It's great if people want to come alongside rural communities that are SEEKING resources, but I am reminded of a woman who showed up at our County interagency meeting from a larger city in a neighboring county.  She came to bring her resources because we were "really lacking" and she proceeded to name off what she thought we were lacking that she could provide.  For every "resource" she could provide, there was at least one (and sometimes more than one) organization at the table that provides what she thought we were lacking. She is still trying to "fix" us about 2 years later and cannot understand why people here are still using the resources that have been here all along.


Just today, a news article came out about a movie being filmed in Fort Wayne, just down the road from where I sit right now.  The line producer, Ryan Binse, who is from LA, made several paragraphs of comments about how surprised he was about how friendly, clean and modern the Midwest is!  He said, "In Los Angeles, everyone has this idea of the Midwest being slow or boring, but this place is modern, it's clean, people are nice."  "I love it here so far.  The crew, the cast, we've all been talking about how, wow, this place is not what we were thinking.  This is great."  "People say hi to me on the sidewalk.  I'm like, oh that's so cool! And then the food is beyond amazing."  Seems he's also thrilled with his hotel room that overlooks the stadium so that he was able to watch part of a minor league game...from his hotel room! What?!  It wasn't being played in a cornfield with a stick??  Who knew?  I'm like, wow, that's amazing!!  Mr Binse...just so you know...we do have soap, pretty much any food you want...it's actually grown here...and we even have the internet!  Boy would I like to take him to where I grew up in Wilmot, population 30 and I grew up in the suburbs...aka...the swamp. To give the guy his due...I think he was trying to be nice. (Kudos to Reporter Corinne Rose ABC WPTA21...yes, it's really ABC!!)


There's a little fun, here , but in all seriousness, one of the things I love about ABCD is that we come alongside people and places who are already at work and/or who have a capacity to share but maybe just need a boost or an opportunity.  We just open the doors when needed and we never take credit for their work.  We are not saviors but companions on a journey and ABCD never forces itself into that journey.


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Rev. Angie Kidd


"I do not understand the mystery of grace...only that it meets us where we are (even in the swamp) and does not leave us where it found us."  ~ Anne Lamotte ...with a little interjection from a proud swamp rat









Angie K
@angie-k
05/25/21 09:34:01AM
8 posts

Small Town Creed: An Idea-Friendly Town


ABCD and Rural Communities

I LOVE this and will be taking it to our meeting this afternoon!  

Angie

Angie K
@angie-k
08/07/19 09:38:49AM
8 posts

What does Community Led Disaster Planning look like?


ABCD and Disaster/Emergency Management

Hi Everyone.

I have been actively involved in our county COAD for seven years.  That stands for Community Organizations Active in Disaster and we work with our local Emergency Management Agency (EMA).  We are linked to our state INVOAD (Indiana Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) which is linked to NVOAD (National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) which is linked to Homeland Security.  This is a structure already in place that is well organized and very much utilizes ABCD in our community.  Not all counties have a COAD, but working with your local EMA to start one is a great way to work in the ABCD model and not reinvent a wheel that is already rolling.  There are resources to help you do that.  

We just had a 4-county hazmat exercise that was a "dress rehearsal" of sorts for what we would all be doing in the event of an actual emergency.  This allowed us to work out bugs and roll out a new plan a few of us developed to fill the gap between the time a disaster happened and the time the Red Cross and other First Responders could get there.  Most don't realize that gap can be as long as 2 hours or more.  Our EMA director calls that YOYO time...You're On Your Own!  In the 4 counties in the exercise, we were the only county that has a COAD and it made a HUGE difference.  Out local head line front page above the fold was "Noble County COAD Shines at Disaster Training."  

If you want more information, I am happy to direct you.  This is truly the community taking care of one another and being prepared to act instead of REact.