impressive example of a nurturing action is the ‘Involving All
Neighbors’ program of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.
The mission of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is to build
on Seattle’s strengths by further empowering citizens and
improving service to neighborhoods.
All Neighbors’ works to strengthen and nurture neighborhoods in
Seattle by welcoming and utilizing everyone’s contribution and
All Neighbors’ promotes these beliefs:
has a gift to offer and a contribution to make to their
neighborhood and the people around them
grow stronger and everyone benefits when people share individual
gifts, abilities and talents.
are inclusive and welcoming only when they invite and embrace
the unique and diverse contributions of all members.
What is unique
about ‘Involving All Neighbors’ is:
recognition by city officials that strong communities and neighborhoods
develop when everyone participates
recognition by city officials that the contributions of
individuals with disabilities are often missing from neighborhood
willingness of city officials to consciously connect individuals
with disabilities and their families with their neighbors and neighborhood
initiatives, if they occur at all, are sponsored and coordinated
within the disability sector. ‘Involving All Neighbors’ is
different because the program is part of a wide range of programs
offered by a generic municipal department. This is an important
distinction. It is one thing to be asked to be invited to a birthday
party. It is another to be invited without any prompting.
stories related to this program have been published in the
guidebook, ‘Involving All Neighbors: Building Inclusive
Communities in Seattle.’
is a quote from the Introduction:
We wanted to
show that when neighbors become more neighborly with everyone –
with or without disabilities – the natural ties that are created
can genuinely eliminate the isolation experienced by so many. We
believed that a neighborhood that nurtures and supports everyone in
it is simply a better place to live.
information on, ‘Involving All Neighbors’ and other programs of
the Department of Neighborhoods can be obtained by contacting:
Department of Neighborhoods
700 3rd Avenue
Arctic Building, Suite 400
98104 –1848, USA