PHILOSOPHY OF CHANGE MODEL
Rooted in the belief that the residents have the power to create economic change within their community, the Mutual Assistance Network provides opportunities for individual and community growth that allows the residents to act as guides. Through a comprehensive strategic planning process that involved local residents and community partners, a vision for growth in Northern Sacramento Neighborhoods was created that seeks long-term, generational community change and provides a framework for program planning. Known as the Continuum of Change, the approach is based on the principle that in order for a community to advance the resident’s lives must be stable enough to allow them to grow individually, while also participating in opportunities to assist Northern Sacramento Neighborhoods to move forward. As a method and philosophy for development, the Continuum of Change requires a strong set of partnerships, an infusion of service areas, the ability to measure both successes and failures, and a place for individual and community growth.
Mutual Assistance Network relaunched it’s new efforts under new Executive Director Danielle Lawrence. Advancing social and economic opportunities for neighborhood residents through inclusive programming and innovative approaches so that families can thrive.
After 22 years of service, Richard Dana steps away as Executive Director of Mutal Assistance Network, leaving behind a legacy of good work in the community.
In 2016 MAN reopens the Robertson Community Center to the neighborhood in partnership with neighborhood residents. Additionally, MAN launched the College and Sports Academy, a new youth sports, and academic achievement program.
In 2015 MAN breaks ground on Del Paso Nuevo, the first of many housing development projects. In 2015 the Arcade Community Center becomes the Community Incubator Lead for the Black Child Legacy Campaign’s efforts in Arden Arcade.
In 2000 MAN begins activities to improve economic conditions in the neighborhood (VITA, financial education, small business development). In 2003 MAN obtains ownership of the Firehouse Community Center from the City of Sacramento.
In 1999 MAN begins the Birth & Beyond to stabilize families and prevent long term health problems for children. To date, Birth & Beyond has evolved into an in-home parent education program. In 1999 MAN also started a partnership with Regional Transit and Department of Human Assitance, created the Neighborhood Ride, a service by RT that provides residents greater mobility and transit options.
The Initiatives of the 90's
In 1994 MAN begins its first project, the community gardens at Morey Avenue Good for All and Fred Lawson Garden. In 1995 MAN obtains its first contract with Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance for home visitation services. In 1998 MAN launches Operation graduation, after school program an mentoring to promote graduation for junior high and high school students.
MAN Launches Initiatives
In 1991 Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance provides seed money to develop an organization to compliment and act as a liaison with the county, In 1993 Grandparents Support Group is formed to support grandparents raising children. These events led to the incorporation of Mutual Assistance Network as a non-profit organization.