Faith. The Bible bears witness to God’s gracious and saving purposes in the world. It presents a vision of
restored relationships (with God, with one another, and with the physical world) made possible by
sacrificial love. This beautiful story and compelling vision invites our cooperation and ongoing
Place. Geography matters when it comes to working for the common good and bringing about positive
social change. Bates Place Neighbors seeks to contribute to the wellbeing of its immediate neighborhood
(i.e. the area bounded by Franklin on the south, Eastern on the east, Wealthy on the north, and Madison
on the west). It also seeks to contribute to the wellbeing of adjacent southeast side neighborhoods
bounded by Hall on the south, Fuller on the east, Wealthy on the North, and Division on the west.
Relationships. Cultivating trust in neighbor-to-neighbor interactions and with local organizations is key to
improving neighborhood environments. Priority is given to basic hospitality, honest conversations, and
Gratitude. Local challenges are best met by identifying shared joys & passions and utilizing local assets
and gifts. Appreciation for the insights, skills, and experiences of those most affected by unfair policies
and practices helps bring lasting solutions. It also overcomes assumptions of personal and social deficit(s).
Listening. Getting good feedback from neighbors, identifying their gifts and motivations, convening them
around shared interests, and supporting their ongoing improvement efforts is foundational to meaningful
neighborhood-level change. Bates Place Neighbors prioritizes these skills in its staffing considerations.
Development. Every individual bears God’s image. The long-term transformation of people and places
involves moving beyond doing things for others to doing things with others. Honoring the stories and gifts
of all people, addressing relational isolation, creating access to helpful resources, developing effective
partnerships, and advocating for just policies are needed activities for getting “beyond charity”.
Adaptation. Many community challenges must be met by new ways of thinking and behaving. The
willingness to innovate and take risk is emphasized and encouraged in the development of neighborhood
leaders and influencers.