Building Community is a strategy by Life Line Chaplaincy, in partnership with like-minded agencies, to strengthen relationships between neighborhoods and law enforcement officers through local home repair projects. This is accomplished through identifying homes that need repair, then recruiting volunteers from the neighborhood and from the local police department to join hands in addressing those needs.
All of the supplies and materials are supplied by the sponsoring agencies.
In addition, the local law enforcement officers will join the home owner and the local volunteers in a dinner, provided by the sponsoring agencies, to get to know one another. We are finding that when two people voluntarily break bread together, and then sweat together, barriers fall and bridges are built.
Life Line Chaplaincy, through its Building Community initiative, is honored to be a national partner with Charter Communications’ philanthropic effort, Spectrum Housing Assist. Charter Communications has asked Life Line Chaplaincy to serve as liaison with police departments in five metropolitan areas across the United States for Spectrum Housing Assist projects in 2017. Charter has a goal to improve 25,000 homes by the year 2020.
In November 2015, Life Line Chaplaincy and the Stamford Police Association participated in a home repair project with Charter and their national nonprofit partner Rebuilding Together in Stamford, CT. Here is the story with some images from the event.
Some of Stamford’s finest also helped improve two homes in the September 2016 rebuild event in Stamford, CT. Here are some images of those fine officers from that day.
So far in 2017, the Building Community initiative, in partnership with Charter/ Spectrum and Rebuilding Together, has linked law enforcement officers to their communities in Charlotte, NC, and Columbus, OH.
Here is a brief video of the event in Charlotte, NC, in which the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief, Kerr Putney, played an active role.