Part of theapplication process associated with a recent grant application we submitted included the request that organizations describe what makes them different from others, what distinguishes them and their work. I thought the question and our response might be useful to anyone who supports our work or who might be considering doing so. If you need more information, call me by all means!
Question: Please describe your strategic approach as an organization, and how it is distinguished from others with a similar focus.
Response: CitySquare exists to fight the root causes of poverty by partnering with those in need. Working together as a community, we feed the hungry, heal the sick, house the homeless and renew hope in the heart of our city.
Our strategic approach as to how we operate as an organization can be best seen in our core values: We are a community of neighbors, investing in each other and developing meaningful relationships which value each individual.
Our work flows out of our faith, and that faith is inclusive and ecumenical.
We stand for justice and demand equity for all our neighbors.
Our resources belong to the community and as stewards of those resources we will act with integrity, demonstrate accountability and operate efficiently and effectively.
We are unique because we are a community of neighbors investing in each other and developing meaningful relationships which value each individual.
We don’t fight poverty for the poor—we fight poverty with the poor.
We value and promote the benefits of open-handed partnerships, requiring commitment and contributions from everyone.
We bring together resources from the public sector, the business sector, the legal sector, the faith sector and the medical sector to do the work that will represent a profound investment in our neighbors and the community.
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Rising from Ashes
Larry James' Urban Daily
A repository of ideas, resources, commentary and opinions concerning the issues facing low-income residents of the inner cities of the United States and how mainstream America largely forgets or, worse, ignores the day-to-day realities of urban life for the so-called "poor." Written and edited by the President & CEO of CitySquare. Please visit CitySquare.
Today and throughout 2013, we need your support to continue our life-changing work in inner-city Dallas. Every day hundreds of our wonderful neighbors arrive at our doors seeking our assistance, offering their help and prepared to pursue a better life. Frankly, the folks we "serve" make essential contributions to the scope, nature and soul of the work we attempt. At CitySquare we honor and recognize the amazing value and richness of our low-income neighbors. During 2012, almost 55,000 different people received the benefit of our wide-ranging services designed to assist in the process of building better lives. We need your help TODAY as we continue to respond to the needs of our community. Even more, we need you to become our PARTNER in the work of compassion and community renewal--work that continues day after day at CitySquare.