Our Change Process

Transformation doesn't happen overnight. Our change model unfolds in five phases and responds directly to five of the core beliefs about urban poverty using the interventions described below. This reproducible model is adaptable to the assets and challenges of each unique community and is built upon our core value of developing local leaders. At any given time, we are at work in multiple communities which may be in different phases of this process.

Phase 1:

Identify Receptive Communities and Local Leaders

Before entering a new community, we conduct an assessment of community needs, assets, cultural context and risks. Over a one year period, we have conversations with hundreds of residents to determine whether there is sufficient local desire to see change. 

Phase 2:


Build and Strengthen Local People and Structures

After a community has been selected, we begin our foundational work of identifying and equipping local leaders by building civil structures to lead community change. We look to develop leaders with spiritual vision, community-wide commitment and creative problem-solving skills. 

Phase 3:


Co-Create Solutions Addressing Holistic Areas of Need

In partnership with local leaders, we establish citizen committees to identify community needs and co-create holistic solutions. These committees build social cohesion and allow for the creation and strengthening of local faith communities. 

Phase 4:

Deepen Change through Broad-based Organizing

As local committees build trust and momentum with short term projects, we unite community-minded leaders into action-oriented coalitions that can envision and carry out long-range, community-wide solutions.

Phase 5:

Create Sustainable, Lasting Change through Reproduction & Multiplication

In the final phase, the local leaders developed in phases 1-4 will train others and replicate this model in new communities.


Our Change Initiatives

In order to see true transformation take place, our holistic method employs a variety of initiatives aimed at producing ten signs of transformation. These signs, when working in concert, indicate the beginnings of long term community transformation. 

We use the best of nonprofit, church, and business initiatives in order to catalyze these ten signs.

Learning That Empowers

  • Youth leadership workshops
  • Youth and kids' summer courses
  • Weekly kids' clubs
  • Sports leagues
  • Life skills training in schools
  • Trafficking prevention

Healthy Habitat for All

  • Community health initiatives
  • Training of community health promoters
  • Environmental clean-up
  • Housing improvement 

Wealth Creation

  • Micro-enterprise development
  • Vocational training program for youth

FAITH Communities

  • Church planting
  • Missional training for pastors & church leaders
  • Coaching churches

Mental Freedom

  • Emotional recovery groups
  • Trauma recovery workshops
  • Emotional health training

Whole Families

  • Marriage and parenting workshops
  • Sexual abuse prevention

Strong Civil Society

  • Community organizing
  • Seed and community projects
  • Infrastructure development
  • Formation of citizen committees and community based organizations

Deepening Reconciliation

  • Community projects to establish trust and social cohesion among neighbors
  • Networking to restore relationships between poor and non-poor
  • Facilitating relational connections between government and private institutions with community citizen committees

Systems That Work

  • Advocacy for more just laws 
  • Reducing corruption
  • Building broad based coalitions that prophetically address injustice

Healthy Reproduction

  • Leadership schools
  • Consulting and coaching of other organizations and ministries