Franklin Grove sees success with Service Learning students.

From our Service Coordinator, Sarah, at Franklin Grove:

This fall several residents participated in the “That’s my Story and I’mSticking to It!” project. During the fall semester Boise State students helped participating residents define and capture stories that they wanted remembered for their families. Students helped them compile their stories and create a scrap book.Each resident was able to create this project a little differently. Some are more personal than others.

This was overall a very positive experience for all! We plan to do this again next autumn, here are some of the responses of our residents:

"I wasn’t so sure that I wanted to do this but Sarah and my care provider,Toni, told me that they so enjoyed my stories that they though I should do it.I had so much more fun than I thought I would have. I really enjoyed talking with Ann, the BSU student, who helped me. She made a beautiful book and my family really enjoyed seeing it. We think we will continue to visit each other. I was pleasantly surprised. I decided to not get as personal so I am willing to share it with others."

"I have wanted to get somethings written down for a long time and this really helped me. I really enjoyed working with Mark, the student whoen couraged me to put it all together. This was a very positive experience for me. Doing this book helped me realizehow strong I have been in my life. I am willing to show my book to anyone if they are interested."

"I really enjoyed working with the student from BSU. It made me feel good to have someone interested in my life stories. Who would have thought that someone else would find my life interesting! I am happy to have this recorded and something to share with my family. Some of my entries are a bit more personal so I have decided that this book is for family only."

"I really liked working with my student. She listened really well. One thing that I really cherish is that she asked my mom to write a letter to me for the scrap book. It is beautiful and made me feel loved and special."

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Resident Initiatives Focus

The Challenge

Many of our residents may be capable of gaining employment (and many are already working), but they commonly have difficulty securing steady employment or advancing in work, despite other government and state employment assistance that might be available.Some residents face substantial personal and situational barriers to employment, including low education and skill levels, health problems, personal or family problems, as well as, limited knowledge about or skill in finding jobs and/or advancing in their current opportunities.

Neighborhood Networks is part of the Solution
We believe that given access to technology, proper assistance and incentives in our project based housing communities, many more assisted residents could enter work, sustain work, and achieve advancement in the work they currently do now. A sense of a community may also be obtained by connecting the social and economic institutions to residents, allowing them the chance to be productive members of the community.

Northwest Real Estate Capital Corp. believes that only with the strong foundation of safe affordable housing and comprehensive strategies that address the multiple barriers many residents face will we truly and effectively assist our Residents in navigating their way to better opportunities.

Our computer-learning center is a very powerful step in creating this foundation.

Our Plan

Our Neighborhood Networks Centers will offer the following training and programs to our residents and community:

Job-skills training/employment
Job-readiness training
Job-retention services
Job posting, search or placement services
Introduction to/familiarization with computers
Structured Internet access and access to local services
Economic development (microenterprises, small business development)
Telecommuting and remote job access training
Children's education programs (0-12 years)
Youth education programs (13-17 years)
Adult basic education/literacy
English as a Second Language (ESL) programs
GED/high school equivalency certificate programs
Adult continuing education programs
Family education programs
Children's activities (0-12 years)
Youth activities (13-17 years)
Adult activities (18-64)
Senior services (65+)
Personal financial management counseling