Before trying to ascertain the longer-term outcomes of intentional neighboring, it is important to identify aspects of daily living where residents are providing and receiving support from each other.
To determine the impact and outcomes of a program based on intentional neighboring, there must be a focus on relationships.
If we would not want a specific policy, practice, or program applied to our children or our parents, why would we want it for any other child or adult, especially those who are most vulnerable? Intentional neighboring cultivates new dimensions of care, enhancing the natural web of respect, trust, belonging, and encouragement provided by family and friends.
The simplest acts of neighboring can be powerful, giving meaning and fulfillment to lives while simultaneously healing the invisible wounds carried by those who are most vulnerable.
This guide reviews some of the key design features and experiences that have contributed to the evolution of the Hope Meadows community over its 14-year history, and presents a general site design framework for new Generations of Hope Communities (GHCs) on an abstract level.
2011. Power, M. B., Mitchell, E. T., Eheart, B. K., & Hopping, D. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 9(3), 281-292.