NETworX USA is a national movement to measurably reduce poverty at its holistic core. The strategy is based on building well-being together, rather than well-doing for others. It is individuals and communities building intentional relationships through education and love of neighbor as well as love of self. This program offers a model for building relationships across the lines that divide us (whether racial, cultural, economic) so that we can all move towards a fuller, richer life.
Best practices gleaned from Circles® USA, NC Circles® Plus, asset-based community development, strength-based assessment, the Wesleyan movement's focus on works of mercy, and other research-based material informed the development of the NETworX model. Fifteen NC communities are already involved and others are considering participation as pilot sites.
Besides NC, there is a regional site for southern California/Nevada and local sites in California, Kansas, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Additional regional sites are planned for the future.
In 2016, NETworX was endorsed by the United Methodist General Conference.
To learn more about NETworX USA, please visit the NETworX USA website (www.networxusa.org).
A partnership with Think Tank, Inc., the Chalmer's Center, RFD CDC, and others, created ACTS (Abundant Community Transformation Stories) to offer a process and format for equipping churches and faith-based partnerships to more holistically understand poverty and build relationships that surpass culture and class boundaries in order to experience God's healing, wholeness and reconciliation. Pilot testing for this project has begun in Ohio and sites in NC are being solicited.
To find out more about ACTS, please visit the Think Tank, Inc. website (http://www.thinktank-inc.org/acts.html)