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USA - Long Beach - CA

Situated within Los Angeles County as part of the greater Los Angeles metro area and covering 51 square miles, Long Beach is the 6th largest city (by population) in California and the 36th largest in the United States. While there is a rich cultural life and significant wealth within the city, there are also sections of the city marked by significant oppression and impoverishment.

Overview

International Teams Long Beach will pursue the work of integrated community transformation through a local vision of “H4LB” - HOPE for the Hungry, the Homeless, and the Hurting in and around Long Beach, CA.

This will involve:

  • Helping the Hungry through just & sustainable food systems by  nurturing the development of an accessible local food economy, and promoting compassion throughout the food chain
  • Helping the Homeless through basic economic opportunity by increasing access to affordable housing, and working for the elimination of local poverty
  • Helping the Hurting through safe families by combatting domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse wherever they occur, and providing care to survivors

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OUR APPROACH
INTEGRATED COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION

Enter
Evaluate and Engage
Expand

ENTER

When we enter a community, we seek to relate to and understand the community through the eyes of Jesus. This includes pre-training and ongoing on-field research.

EVALUATE and ENGAGE

We repeat a collaborative cycle that aims to work alongside others in the community to identify and assess both needs and resources. Alongside the community, we encourage initiatives guided by a strategy and help implement them.

EXPAND

As transformation takes hold in a community our role changes. We avoid creating unhealthy dependencies and focus on what Jesus is doing within the community. This typically leads to expansion as transformation impacts surrounding communities.