THE ADOPT-A-BLOCK VISION
We love others through Adopt-A-Block because we are caught up in the extravagant love that God has in himself and for us.
In every block we adopt, our neighbors experience God’s loving pursuit.
We love and serve our neighbors by building relationships and responding to each others needs.
We renew the Church by practicing consistent service with a relational focus in strategic locations.
WHAT IS ADOPT-A-BLOCK?
Adopt-A-Block is a simple response to God’s extravagant relational heart to serve, love and know the people God has placed in close proximity to us; literally. It is the eyes in the city devoted to seeing the image of God in our neighbors. We believe that God has place the people in and around our lives for a reason, especially those in our neighborhoods. We believe that true transformation and depth of community can come by living life with the people who you wave to as you climb in your car to go to work. Or the people you pass every day as you walk your child to the bus stop or as you walk your dog.
Once we are able to personally connect with our neighbors, we can love people effectively in the place of their need, grow in trust, and encourage their relationships with God who is always in a loving pursuit.
With Mary’s Home located in the Park Hill Neighborhood, Dream Centers’ neighbors are the residents in and around the Park Hill Neighborhood. Currently, for us, Adopt-A-Block looks like partnering with local churches in the neighborhood two times in the summer to host a big block party, creating space to gather, eat, play and get to know our neighbors.
In years to come, we have vision and hope to see the residents in Park Hill partnering with us to create places and spaces for the community to gather on a weekly and daily basis, to learn, to grow, to be challenged, to meet each others needs, to be loved and ultimately to come to know and be transformed by the love of God as a result of connecting with God’s generous heart.
Our vision and hope is to not only see this in Park Hill, but to see community and transformation break out in neighborhoods all over the city in Briargate, Rockrimmon, Cheyenne Mountain . . . the Northern, Eastern, Western, Southern and Central parts of Colorado Springs. Adopt-A-Block is not only for neighborhoods that are stricken with crime and physical poverty, but also for neighborhoods that are stricken with poverty of heart and spirit and influenced by drugs and broken relationships.
Whether the Southeast parts of Colorado Springs or the most northern parts of Colorado Springs, we all need the love, hope, joy and freedom that come from Jesus Christ, the Son of God the Father.
HOW DO WE LOVE AND SERVE A CITY THAT HAS BEEN INFLUENCED BY CRIME, DRUGS, VIOLENCE AND BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS?
Through Adopt-A-Block, we hope to see crime across all categories significantly diminish. We hope to see the number of followers of Jesus double in neighborhoods and see locals increasingly grow in favor to influence their neighbors. We believe that God is inviting all of us to dream with him and join in a movement to see, love and serve those in close proximity to us in our local contexts in Colorado Springs.