At Love Your Hood, we work to connect people to place and ultimately people to each other. And who do we love connecting most? Neighbors! Why? The relationships we have with the people that live closest to us are some of the most important for us to foster – yet, in our busy lives, they’re often the most overlooked. Being a good neighbor is truly one of the greatest things we can do with our lives.
Need an excuse to get better at this whole neighboring thing? You’ve got it! We’re inviting you to join all of us at Love Your Hood in a fun challenge to get to know your neighbors, love them, and make our neighborhoods, our cities, and ultimately our world a better place to live.
Back in 2009, a group of pastors in the Denver area met with local mayor, Bob Frie, to find out what they could do to better serve the city. You’d expect a city official to muster a response along the lines of raising taxes or adding special programs or more services, right? Nope.
He simply responded, “get people to know their neighbors.”†
Mayor Frie said, “the majority of the issues that our community is facing would be eliminated or drastically reduced if we could just figure out a way to become a community of great neighbors.”
Think about that for a minute.
What would happen if we spent time with the teenager whose parents weren’t home much because they’re working around the clock to make ends meet? What would happen if we brought food over to an elderly neighbor that had a hard time leaving the house? What would happen if we befriended the new family on the block? Would it drastically change their lives? Could it give them hope? Could it make them feel loved? Welcome? Accepted? Less lonely? Maybe!
Isn’t maybe enough?
How empowering (and humbling) that, “the solutions to the problems in our neighborhoods aren’t ultimately found in the government, police, schools, or even getting more people to church. The solutions lie with us.”
We can do this. We can make a difference. We can change the world — one neighbor at a time.
† The Art of Neighboring by Dave Runyon and Jay Pathak
Meet Coray, the 2019 Love Your Hood Challenge grand prize winner! Not only is she an awesome neighbor, but Coray is an orphan outreach advocate and a single foster mom!