Six Elements of a Healthy Neighborhood
ZION Development seeks to get out ahead of the problems and pain in the neighborhood by putting into place Six Elements which will help strengthen the neighborhood and help prevent the problems which might otherwise arise. Our strategy is to develop projects in the MidTown neighborhood which will be or become self-sufficient and which will make the neighborhood more economically sustainable. In this way gifts and donations from individuals and corporations can be used to help develop new project and programs.
ZION Development believes that to contribute to and enjoy our neighborhoods, neighbors must be healthy both physically and mentally. That means that neighbors must have good information about getting and staying healthy and it means they must also have access to quality health care that is affordable. Healthy neighborhoods also have a variety of recreational resources – parks, bike paths, sidewalks and walking paths and recreation centers.
We believe people must be given the opportunity to earn a living in a way that fulfills them. Neighbors who work are self-sufficient and provide the best example to children who see their commitment to providing for their families.
Faith & Moral Values
ZION Development maintains these collaborative relationships with other faith-oriented organizations very intentionally. A neighborhood, indeed every community, needs spiritual power and a loving direction to keep it healthy and focused on what is important and truly helpful.
Many people would say that housing is the most essential element to a strong and healthy neighborhood. Indeed, the appearance of the neighborhood itself is almost always most dependent on the condition and design of its housing. Over the last 23 years, ZION has developed over 160 units of housing of all kinds - single-family, and multifamily, rental and owner-occupied - all in the MidTown neighborhood.
Education is the essential preparation of young minds and bodies for all of the other five elements. Highly effective education will prepare children and young adults not only for self-sufficiency but also for lives of service to and appreciation of others. Education is vital to the health of a neighborhood because high-performing, high profile schools can be a wonderful point of pride. Education is also a valuable and powerful economic engine for a neighborhood. Schools bring into the neighborhood teachers, staff and administrators with generally high levels of education.
Supportive Social RelationshipsSupportive Social Relationships help make neighborhoods safer because the neighbors know each other and look out for each other. They watch each other's children. They loan their lawn mowers. They shovel more than just their own sidewalk. We were created to live in loving community with each other.