Neighbor to Neighbor

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Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) matches those in need in our community with a team (3-5 people) who can help with those needs. Here’s how it works. Often a widow, an elderly couple or a single adult finds it difficult to keep their home up because of a disability, loss of a spouse or age. We assign a Neighbor to Neighbor team to help that individual or couple on a continuing basis. Teams invest four hours once a month. Their focus is on meeting the needs when they can, advocating and helping to find resources for the neighbor when the need is beyond their ability.

One of our greatest joys is the long term connections that are made between those serving and those served — sharing stories and creating lasting bonds, sharing lives.

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What is Neighbor to Neighbor?

Neighbor to Neighbor matches those in need in our community with a team (3-5 people) who can help with those needs. Here’s how it works. Often a widow, an elderly couple or a single adult finds it difficult to keep their home up because of a disability, loss of a spouse or age. We assign a Neighbor to Neighbor team to help that individual or couple
on a continuing basis. Teams invest four hours once a month. Their focus is on meeting the needs when they can, advocating and helping to find resources for the neighbor when the need is beyond their ability.

One of our greatest joys is the long term connections that are made between those serving and those served — sharing stories and creating lasting bonds, sharing lives. Our neighbors are often lonely and appreciate having someone to talk with. Meeting this need is as important to building community as the work we accomplish.

When does Neighbor to Neighbor take place?

The second Saturday of every month we start with a free breakfast for the teams. We do this on a donation basis and in 5 years of doing this we have yet to run a deficit. Following the meal, each team captain shares what the team is planning for that day. Team leaders have contacted their assigned neighbor getting a list of things that need attention. Should a team be short-handed we move people around to fill in the gap. By 9:00 am teams are on the job, working till noon. Our care-receivers know that should something come up during the month they can call us for help. This is huge for people who have no family living near them.

What do you do for your Care-receivers?

Typically, we do yardwork and minor repairs around their homes. During winter weather we clear snow and ice from the driveways and walkways. For larger repairs we help them look at options. Our goal is to build-out a database of reliable resources for electrical, roofing and plumbing needs.

We have a small quantity of donations to help meet needs that require funds beyond the care-receiver’s ability. Often, we act as an advocate for our neighbor with their family, or community resources, to find a solution to the larger needs.

What do I need to bring?

Each team captain will make contact their team members by the first week of the month, updating them with a description of the work the team will be doing that month for their care-receiver, so team members are ready for action.

Team members also keep their ears and eyes open for neighbors in need, and lend their voices to recruit new team members. We want to grow both the number of those serving and those receiving assistance.

For the peace of mind and safety of our care-receivers

We background check all Neighbor to Neighbor team members. And, team members are never allowed to visit the care-receiver alone.

Sound like something you’d like to be part of?

We’d love to have you join the effort! Second Saturday of each month at the Community Connection Center at Mt. Scott Church, 10603 SE Henderson Street. Our email newsletter will keep you informed of this and other events at The Center. To sign up, or to ask questions, contact us or call The Center office at 971-407-3968.