Community Connectors support people who are starting to work, but are often in positions where they work only 2-6 hours a week. People who enjoy the flexibility and freedom that comes with this lifestyle, but who can sometimes feel isolated and lonely. Connectors have identified the need to support these people to develop deeper connections in their neighborhoods and communities.
Connectors from 4 Community Living Agencies — BACI, posAbilities, Simon Fraser Society for Community Living and the Powell River Society for Community Living — have collaborated to form the Building Caring Communities initiative. They focus on neighborhoods and support local community groups, using an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach to building relationships. Their coach, Joe Erpenbeck, worked in Cincinnati for five years with a small team focused on building community using this asset/gift approach. The outcomes are rich lives of belonging and contribution where people we support are active.
Community Connectors may spend a few consecutive days with one person and only a couple of hours a month with another person… depending on the individual’s interests and availability and the opportunities that come up. Connectors will often meet up with individuals in the evenings or on weekends, since many of the interest-based groups gathering in neighborhoods get together after work.