community development

From the conception of Restore Communities, the leaders have dreamed of truly being implanted in Community Development. Community Development is not a service project. A group of people cannot simply go into a community, do a worthy project and leave - that is call a project, that is not development nor is it community. While service projects are absolutly necessary and noble, development is about restoration, and is built around, what Dr. John Perkins calls the "Three R's": relocation, reconciliation, and redistribution.

It is the idea that true restorative justice can only happen, when we are willing to commit to:
  • Relocation: To continually go in to a community, do a project, and then leave only re-enforces one idea, they are not us, and we are not them. As long as this exists, true development cannot happen. The truth is, far more than the poor and broken need our money and simple projects, they need us—people. People with skills who will work with them and teach them how to become contributing members of society. We need people like you, who are willing to give up their posh, safe, secure, suburban lifestyles to relocation and close the us-them divide in order to create diverse community working together for the greater good.
  • Reconciliation: This includes coaching; life-on-life mentorship; true relationships; housing that will help undergird the families and move them from poverty to productivity; and option creation, because poverty is much more than the lack of money, it is the lack of options. Simply moving to a new location won't help, it will open the doors, but we must also move into each other's lives.
  • Redistribution: This is not about hand-outs. This is not about creating dependency. This is about creating community, It is about using what we have to create a path to a better community. In short, and we'll quote John Perkins, the purpose of redistribution is help create an environment in which today's receivers become tomorrow’s givers.
Currently, we being mentored by Blackland Community Development and in conversation with three different communities in Austin. So, if this is something you would like to be apart of, please email us at:
or stay tuned for more information. If you would like to study more on community development take a look at the following resources:

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