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Focus, Collaboration, Learning, Change:

Howard Gray S.J. meets David Kolb. Working with Detroit's Homeless -

LDI’s Shelter & Home Initiative:

Presented to the Commitment to Justice Conference

John Carroll University – October 13-16, 2006

John Daniels, Director, University of Detroit Mercy Leadership Development Institute

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Mission

The University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, exists to provide excellent student-centered undergraduate and graduate education in an urban context. A UDM education seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical, and social development of students.

Vision

The University of Detroit Mercy will be recognized as a premier private university in the Great Lakes region, distinguished by graduates who lead and serve in their communities

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Helping us continue the work of Catherine McAuley and Ignatius Loyola in compassionate service to the poor and marginalized

by seeing,feeling,helping,and fostering lasting change

LeadershipDevelopmentInstitute

what is ldi
What is LDI?
  • Grew from Student Volunteer Center
  • Kellogg Grant provided expansion 1995-8
  • Includes:
    • Service-Learning (60 courses annually, growing)
    • Leadership-in-Service (training) program
    • New in 2004 Learning for a Change program
  • Sustained through
    • Information technology
    • Partnerships
    • Mission integration
ldi sustainability
LDI Sustainability
  • Information technology
    • Relational, networked database
    • Website as distribution tool
    • Assessment standardization
  • Partnerships
    • Collaboration with Detroit service/theme/justice event calendars
    • “First Partner” identification
  • Mission Integration
    • Jesuit and Mercy charisms and processes
    • Commitment to urban partnerships
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Shelter & Home Initiative
  • Sources of the project
  • Description of the project
  • Pilot Year Progress
  • Challenges and discussion
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Shelter & Home Initiative
  • Sources of the project
    • Nouwen’s reflection on the Baptism of Jesus
    • Howard Gray’s reflection on the Good Samaritan
    • Bro Jim Horgan’s Warming Center
    • Gerry Stockhausen’s Inauguration theme “Leadership & Service in the Community”
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Shelter & Home Initiative
  • Sources of the project
    • Nouwen’s reflection on the Baptism of Jesus
    • Howard Gray’s reflection on the Good Samaritan
    • Bro Jim Horgan’s Warming Center
    • Gerry Stockhausen’s Inauguration theme “Leadership & Service in the Community”
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Time Out . . .

. . . All Thumbs

you are my beloved my favor rests on you
“You are my beloved; my favor rests on you.”

Henri Nouwen fromBread for the Journey

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Shelter & Home Initiative
  • Sources of the project
    • Nouwen’s reflection on the Baptism of Jesus
    • Howard Gray’s reflection on the Good Samaritan
    • Bro Jim Horgan’s Warming Center
    • Gerry Stockhausen’s Inauguration theme “Leadership & Service in the Community”
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Howard Gray S.J.’s reflection on the Good Samaritan
  • If we really believe that we are beloved like this, Howard asks,
  • How would we act?
  • The Good Samaritan story, he says, is Jesus telling us how to be HUMAN.
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Howard Gray S.J.’s reflection on the Good Samaritan
  • Awareness begins with seeing
  • Awareness of seeing invites feeling
  • Awareness of feeling invites helping
  • Awareness of the situation prompts the person to seek fostering change
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Shelter & Home Initiative
  • Sources of the project
    • Nouwen’s reflection on the Baptism of Jesus
    • Howard Gray’s reflection on the Good Samaritan
    • Bro Jim Horgan’s Warming Center
    • Gerry Stockhausen’s Inauguration theme “Leadership & Service in the Community”
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Shelter & Home Initiative
  • Sources of the project
  • Description of the project
  • Pilot Year Progress
  • Challenges and discussion
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Helping us continue the work of Catherine McAuley and Ignatius Loyola in compassionate service to the poor and marginalized

by seeing,feeling,helping,and fostering lasting change

LeadershipDevelopmentInstitute

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The Good Samaritan: LDI’s model of Leadership for Social Change

by seeing,feeling,helping,and fostering lasting change

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The Good Samaritan: LDI’s model of Leadership for Social Change

Payoff!

Change

He empowers the innkeeper; things are better after he leaves.

See

He sees that the man is beat up

Feel

He feels the man’s pain

Help

He binds the man’s wounds

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The Good Samaritan: LDI’s model of Leadership for Social Change

Payoff!

Change

He empowers the innkeeper; things are better after he leaves.

Seeing, feeling, and helping hold us in simple charity, restrict us simply to service.

Changing things takes us from charity to JUSTICE, from service to LEADERSHIP.

Leadership & Justice call us all the way to CHANGE!

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HOMELESSNESS

6000 homeless people on the streets of Metro Detroit.

How do good people like us tolerate that?

We create urban mythsabout homelessness:

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Myth:Not many children are homeless.

HOMELESSNESS

  • Children make up about 15% of the homeless population.
  • Families with children is the fastest growing group of homeless.
  • One child in five in the United States lives below the poverty line.
  • Many homeless children are alone and homeless, either runaways or "throwaways".
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Myth:The homeless are uneducated and unemployable.

HOMELESSNESS

  • Due to economic downturns here and elsewhere, many homeless people have lost jobs they’d held for decades.
  • More and more have completed high school
  • Some have attended college and even graduate school.
  • Many of us are a few paychecks away from homelessness.
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Myth:

They are to blame for their own situation.

HOMELESSNESS

  • Most homeless people are victims.
  • Some have suffered from child abuse or domestic violence.
  • Many are without needed mental health support
  • More and more are families, parents having lost their jobs after years of employment.
  • All have lost their homes.
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Time Out . . .

See . . . Feel . . . Help . . . Change

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HOMELESSNESS

Shelter & Home

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HOMELESSNESS

Shelter & Home

Increasing our will to end homelessness by learning together

through direct service, shared reflection, collective social analysis,

and persistent support of effective advocacy partnerships

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HOMELESSNESS

Shelter & Home

Increasing our will to end homelessness by learning together

through direct service, shared reflection, collective social analysis,

and persistent support of effective advocacy partnerships

University of Detroit Mercy August 2005 - May 2007

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An introduction and welcome to University of Detroit Mercy Leadership Development Institute Shelter & Home Initiative:An invitation to partnership in real change extended all in Greater Detroit
  • FOCUS
  • COLLABORATION
  • REAL LEARNING
  • REAL CHANGE

What makes Shelter & Home InitiativeWORK?

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An introduction and welcome to University of Detroit Mercy Leadership Development Institute Shelter & Home Initiative:An invitation to partnership in real change extended all in Greater Detroit

FOCUS

  • Confucius said, “The person who chases one rabbit eats; the person who chases two rabbits goes home hungry
  • SHI brings our focus to one burning issue, homelessness

What makes Shelter & Home InitiativeWORK?

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An introduction and welcome to University of Detroit Mercy Leadership Development Institute Shelter & Home Initiative:An invitation to partnership in real change extended all in Greater Detroit

COLLABORATION

  • LDI joins effective advocacy groups
  • Unmet needs emerge
  • LDI engages in response
  • Partnerships develop

What makes Shelter & Home InitiativeWORK?

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An introduction and welcome to University of Detroit Mercy Leadership Development Institute Shelter & Home Initiative:An invitation to partnership in real change extended all in Greater Detroit

REAL LEARNING

  • SHI applies a real learning model – Kolb’s Learning Cycle,
    • which engages all learning styles
    • and a sequence that begins with direct service experience – like the Good Samaritan story.

What makes Shelter & Home InitiativeWORK?

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

What makes Shelter & Home InitiativeWORK?

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

Concrete Experience

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

Concrete Experience

Reflective Observation

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

Concrete Experience

Reflective Observation

Abstract Conceptualization

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

Concrete Experience

Change

Reflective Observation

Active Experimentation

Abstract Conceptualization

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

Payoff

New Concrete Experience, and so on . . . .

Change

Reflective Observation

Active Experimentation

Abstract Conceptualization

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

Using the Shelter & Home Initiative

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

Using the Shelter & Home Initiative

Concrete Experience

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

Using the Shelter & Home Initiative

Concrete Experience

Concentrate September - April on personal exposure to homeless persons through direct service

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

Using the Shelter & Home Initiative

Concrete Experience

Concentrate September - April on personal exposure to homeless persons through direct service

Reflective Observation

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

Using the Shelter & Home Initiative

Concrete Experience

Concentrate September - April on personal exposure to homeless persons through direct service

Reflective ObservationReflect on these experience in prayer and worship, reflection programs following service projects, and collectively through Homeless Exhibit Fairs at UDM in December and April

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

Using the Shelter & Home Initiative

Concrete Experience

Concentrate September - April on personal exposure to homeless persons through direct service

Reflective ObservationReflect on these experience in prayer and worship, reflection programs following service projects, and collectively through Homeless Exhibit Fairs at UDM in December and April

Abstract Conceptualization

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

Using the Shelter & Home Initiative

Concrete Experience

Concentrate September - April on personal exposure to homeless persons through direct service

Reflective ObservationReflect on these experience in prayer and worship, reflection programs following service projects, and collectively through Homeless Exhibit Fairs at UDM in December and April

Abstract ConceptualizationSocial analysis through a January - April Social Analysis Series of lectures and panel discussions, SHI website-linked materials, and region-wide programs on the topic

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

Using the Shelter & Home Initiative

Concrete Experience

Concentrate September - April on personal exposure to homeless persons through direct service

Active Experimentation

Reflective ObservationReflect on these experience in prayer and worship, reflection programs following service projects, and collectively through Homeless Exhibit Fairs at UDM in December and April

Abstract ConceptualizationSocial analysis through a January - April Social Analysis Series of lectures and panel discussions, SHI website-linked materials, and region-wide programs on the topic

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

Using the Shelter & Home Initiative

Concrete Experience

Concentrate September - April on personal exposure to homeless persons through direct service

Change

Active ExperimentationDesign improvements in school and church justice teaching, initiate or strengthen community partnerships, not only for service, but also for real change through support of Homeless Action Nework of Detroit (HAND)

Reflective ObservationReflect on these experience in prayer and worship, reflection programs following service projects, and collectively through Homeless Exhibit Fairs at UDM in December and April

Abstract ConceptualizationSocial analysis through a January - April Social Analysis Series of lectures and panel discussions, SHI website-linked materials, and region-wide programs on the topic

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Kolb’s Learning Cycle

Using the Shelter & Home Initiative

Payoff

NEW Concrete Experience

Resulting from experimentation

Change

Active ExperimentationDesign improvements in school and church justice teaching, initiate or strengthen community partnerships, not only for service, but also for real change through support of Homeless Action Nework of Detroit (HAND)

Reflective ObservationReflect on these experience in prayer and worship, reflection programs following service projects, and collectively through Homeless Exhibit Fairs at UDM in December and April

Abstract ConceptualizationSocial analysis through a January - April Social Analysis Series of lectures and panel discussions, SHI website-linked materials, and region-wide programs on the topic

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Learning Activities

for the Shelter & Home Initiative

Concrete Experience

Concentration through Term I on personal exposure to homeless persons through direct service

Payoff

Encourage additional individual and group direct service projects (UDM partnership is available)

Change

Active ExperimentationDesign improvements in school and church justice teaching, initiate or strengthen community partnerships, not only for service, but also for real change through support of Homeless Action Nework of Detroit (HAND)

Reflective ObservationReflect on these experience in prayer and worship, reflection programs following service projects, and collectively through Homeless Exhibit Fairs at UDM in December and April

Abstract ConceptualizationSocial analysis through a January - April Social Analysis Series of lectures and panel discussions, SHI website-linked materials, and region-wide programs on the topic

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Learning Activities

for the Shelter & Home Initiative

Concrete Experience

Concentration through Term I on personal exposure to homeless persons through direct service

Payoff

Encourage additional individual and group direct service projects (UDM partnership is available)

Change

Active ExperimentationDesign improvements in school and church justice teaching, initiate or strengthen community partnerships, not only for service, but also for real change through support of Homeless Action Nework of Detroit (HAND)

Reflective ObservationReflect on these experience in prayer and worship, reflection programs following service projects, and collectively through Homeless Exhibit Fairs at UDM in December and April

Plan reflections prior to and following service; train leaders in facilitating reflection; plan Homeless Fair participation

Abstract ConceptualizationSocial analysis through a January - April Social Analysis Series of lectures and panel discussions, SHI website-linked materials, and region-wide programs on the topic

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Learning Activities

for the Shelter & Home Initiative

Concrete Experience

Concentration through Term I on personal exposure to homeless persons through direct service

Payoff

Encourage additional individual and group direct service projects (UDM partnership is available)

Change

Active ExperimentationDesign improvements in school and church justice teaching, initiate or strengthen community partnerships, not only for service, but also for real change through support of Homeless Action Nework of Detroit (HAND)

Reflective ObservationReflect on these experience in prayer and worship, reflection programs following service projects, and collectively through Homeless Exhibit Fairs at UDM in December and April

Plan reflections prior to and following service; train leaders in facilitating reflection; plan Homeless Fair participation

Abstract ConceptualizationSocial analysis through a January - April Social Analysis Series of lectures and panel discussions, SHI website-linked materials, and region-wide programs on the topic

More concentrated during January – April, through participation in SHI Social Analysis Series and encouragement of other local topical events.

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Learning Activities

for the Shelter & Home Initiative

Concrete Experience

Concentration through Term I on personal exposure to homeless persons through direct service

Payoff

Encourage additional individual and group direct service projects (UDM partnership is available)

Change

Active ExperimentationDesign improvements in school and church justice teaching, initiate or strengthen community partnerships, not only for service, but also for real change through support of Homeless Action Nework of Detroit (HAND)

Reflective ObservationReflect on these experience in prayer and worship, reflection programs following service projects, and collectively through Homeless Exhibit Fairs at UDM in December and April

Plan reflections prior to and following service; train leaders in facilitating reflection; plan Homeless Fair participation

Connect with H.A.N.D and other advocacy partners at the final Social Analysis Seminar; commit to working with them and supporting their efforts

Abstract ConceptualizationSocial analysis through a January - April Social Analysis Series of lectures and panel discussions, SHI website-linked materials, and region-wide programs on the topic

More concentrated during January – April, through participation in SHI Social Analysis Series and encouragement of other local topical events.

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An introduction and welcome to University of Detroit Mercy Leadership Development Institute Shelter & Home Initiative:An invitation to partnership in real change extended all in Greater Detroit

REAL CHANGE

SHI goes beyond charitable efforts, to engage in change

By a strategy of accumulating service experience and reflection on it

that builds sustainable service partnerships

and results in increased political will to end homelessness

that feeds efforts of existing advocacy groups already fighting for an end to homelessness

What makes Shelter & Home InitiativeWORK?

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Payoff!

to Change

TogetherWe can comeall the way…

…from Homelessness

to Shelter & Home.

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Time Out . . .

Can YOU use any of this at your school?

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Shelter & Home Initiative
  • Sources of the project
  • Description of the project
  • Pilot Year Progress
  • Challenges and discussion
project status pilot year progress focus
Project status: pilot year progress:FOCUS

Focus is paying returns

  • Student accumulated awareness
    • SIC (Student Journal) articles up from 1 to 8
    • Service-Learning Class group development has emerged naturally due to 2 years of New Student Orientation focus
  • LDI visibility in community
    • Community members are referring Homelessness resource people to SHI
    • Appointment to key advocacy & planning groups
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Project status: pilot year progress:COLLABORATION

Collaboration: partnerships are developing

  • SHI Director elected to HAND (Homeless Action Network of Detroit Board of Directors
  • SHI Director elected to Detroit 10-Year Plan Policy Board
  • Alumni are joining as volunteer “Executives-in-Residence” due to their interest in SHI
  • Sisters of Mercy have provided two $10,000 grants to support aspects of SHI
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Project status: pilot year progress:REAL LEARNING
  • Kolb Learning Cycle application in planning year generated current pilot year plan (we’re learning!)
  • Mercy Mission Grant for Faculty Development
    • Sharpening the saw – best practice sharing
    • Service-Learning Partnership development
  • Community leadership development
    • 10-Year Plan Advocacy committee leadership
    • Street Count planning and training
  • Street Count as measurable project
    • Developing city-wide engagement models
    • Using project operations as Service-Learning components
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Project status: pilot year progress:REAL CHANGE

In the community

  • Emergence of Street Count as unmet need
  • Engagement of grassroots leaders in training
    • HAND membership meeting workshops
    • 10-Year Planning
  • Establishment of collaborative strategies
    • Coordinated preparation of Homeless Awareness Month calendar and press releases
    • Collaborative planning of SHI/HAND calendars
    • SHI/HAND/United Way volunteer development for Street Count
    • Listserve communication model
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Project status: pilot year progress:REAL CHANGE

In LDI

  • SHI becomes leadership lab for LIS
    • LIS students use SHI tasks as leadership applications
    • Kolb model is thus applied to LIS
  • Community engagement provides LDI with external leadership engagement and investment
    • Lasting Advisory relationships emerge
    • Supporters propose funding opportunities
    • Executives-in-Residence staff and challenge LDI development
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Project status: pilot year progress:REAL CHANGE

In the University

  • SHI is aligned in time with new president’s “Leadership and Service in the Community” inauguration theme, pushing administrative and academic engagement
  • Shared Governance process is beginning, and LDI has been integrated into its Urban Justice Team
  • LDI reporting has been moved from Student Affairs to Academic VP/Provost
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Shelter & Home Initiative
  • Sources of the project
  • Description of the project
  • Pilot Year Progress
  • Challenges and discussion
project status pilot year progress challenges
Project status: pilot year progress:CHALLENGES
  • University integration
    • SHI was initiated at grass-roots level, but has institutional implications
    • SHI hit the ground in reality as new president was focusing UDM on “Leadership and Service” in theory
    • identity with distasteful issues; impact on enrollment, fund-raising
  • Continuity
    • LDI director continuity and skill-set
    • SHI was meant as 1st of 4 annual focuses, moving up Maslow’s heriarchy to hunger, isolation, illiteracy; Homelessness has made a home in LDI!
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Mission

The University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic university in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, exists to provide excellent student-centered undergraduate and graduate education in an urban context. A UDM education seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical, and social development of students.

Vision

The University of Detroit Mercy will be recognized as a premier private university in the Great Lakes region, distinguished by graduates who lead and serve in their communities

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