OUR 3 PHASE PLAN
The MAN Network has a 3 phase plan that explains how we plan to
accomplish our goals.
"One of the things I think we've learned is that you've got to really
be there. It's one of our philosophies. And so the reason why I think
we've had some impact on this neighborhood is that we're here. If
something happens, I'm right here. " - Dr. Mark Scott
"The big crisis we have in this community is the absence
of fathers," says Mark Scott, Baker House's executive director. "The
long-term solution is the resurrection of a vision of fatherhood, and
thus family. In the meantime, we have to provide an intense kind of
mentoring. Ministering may be a better word for it, because you really
need to be there all the time." - Dr. Mark Scott
Here is our challenge in crime prevention: “Law
enforcement” that is, Police usually get involved after a crime has
been committed. In an area such as Osborn where the total crime risk is
372 points above the national average and the personal crime risk is
461 points above the national average our goal is to significantly
lower these risk factors through community policing. Community Policing
engages average citizens in block watches, foot patrols, mobile radio
patrols, and other preventive efforts.
The fact is, where people are apathetic and look the other way crime
thrives. When people care and make phone calls, show visible signs of
community ownership and support, crime decreases.
In addition to patrolling the men of the network will be
encouraged to positively interact with many of the young men who seem
to be just “hanging out”. Our sons need positive male role models.
While we want to deter crime we also want to encourage respect,
community pride, and goodness. Each man in the network will be
challenged to be a mentor to some youngster who may be headed in the
wrong direction. We will not be overcome by evil. We will over come
evil with good
The second phase of our strategy is to deal with the way people think.
We understand that no matter what people have they wont change their
actions unless they change their thoughts. "As he
thinketh in his heart, so is he." (Prov. 23:7)
- What we do is based on what we think.
- What we think comes from what we know.
- What we know comes from information.
- Information comes from environment.
- Environment is made up of words, pictures,
sounds and influence.
TO CHANGE THE ENVIRONMENT WE MUST CHANGE THE WORDS, PICTURES, SOUNDS,
How can we do this???
Using the power of music and message, Respect Rallies are
designed to gather people in an atmosphere of celebration and then use
motivational speakers who will encourage community pride and respect
for self and others. Children will be given balloons that say “Respect
Me” and “RESPECT” t-shirts, prizes, games, fun, music, and food for
days will be available for all. We look forward to support from the
business and corporate community. As a feature each rally will have a
theme and special guest appearances from local and national
We believe that the restoration of old fashioned respect
for God, Self, and Community will eventually to a long way in changing
the way people, especially our children feel about where they live.
Community Support aspect of our strategy is called Man to Man. This
part of our program has three components. Support for Men and Fathers,
Support for Seniors, and Support for Young Men.
The goal of our Osborn community is to give parents the
support and resources they need to raise their children to be
successful. In keeping with this goal Man to Man will provide a regular
format for discussion of issues key to men and fathers. Seminars will
be held at monthly meetings hosted by various churches. Our goal will
be to strengthen fathers and give them the tool necessary to be
successful leaders and fathers.
Additionally we envision special seminars and an annual
Man Network Summit where we will celebrate success, prepare for more
effectiveness and encourage men to return to a place of strength,
support and leadership in the community.
We will also launch The Fellowship of Sons. We know that
much of our crime is committed by young men many of whom deal with
rejection issues resulting from the absence of positive male influence
in their lives. Men will be encouraged to be a “father figure” to a
young man especially from a home where there is no father present.
The Fellowship of Sons will develop the leadership skills
of young men between the ages of 8 and 16. Divided into two groups,
Cadets (8-11) and Sons (12-16), this strategy will use the 7 Habits of
Highly Effective Teens and SETCLAE to prepare young men to be
respectful, responsible, and resourceful members of community.
Our Senior Support program is called “Call A Man”. In
addition to lawn care and snow removal, we will also provide minor
repair work and transportation services at no charge to our beloved
seniors. It’s all about respect! Seniors will be given brochures and
refrigerator magnets that say “Need some Help?... Call A MAN.” They
will be given important phone numbers along with our numbers. 371-9MAN
and 1-888-3 A MAN