FCS is known for creating a cafe and grocery store in a food desert. We are known for building gorgeous, affordable houses in low-income neighborhoods. Soon, we will be known for turning a defunct gas station into a restaurant.
Because of our accomplishments, people come from all over the country to our Open House events. They want to know how they can grow a cafe in their own neighborhoods. They want to know the specs of the grocery store and the details of our supply chain. They want to know how we afford to build homes.
We are happy to share these details with Open House guests and our consulting clients. But we warn them that starting with a store or coffee shop or even housing may not be the best idea for their place.
The only way to know what’s needed in your neighborhood is to ask your neighbors. If you want to make a lasting impact, get serious about asking great questions and deeply listening to their answers.
The secret to FCS’s success is our knowing that our neighbors lead our work.
Nothing we’ve created in 40 years of work has come from our own beliefs about what would create flourishing in our neighborhoods. Every idea, every program, every experiment that we’ve tried has come through our relationships with our neighbors.
If you aren’t sure where or how to start building relationships with your neighbors and gathering the data on your neighbors’ desires for the neighborhood, we have data-driven, relationship-rich tools and assessments to help you get started the right way. Email us to learn more about how we can help you make a meaningful difference in the lives of your neighbors and create flourishing in your neighborhood.
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