Situated in the second largest poverty pocket in Montgomery County, over 100 residents in the Asbury retirement community forge intergenerational relationships to promote social justice and improve their own lives and those of local families. With parents and pre-K children, GBCI volunteers develop early literacy through stories and music; use art, literature, and journaling to improve skills and behaviors that contribute to school success for elementary students; build community and facilitate dialogue through the arts with middle schoolers; engage in conversation to help adult language learners improve fluency. GBCI's advocacy work was instrumental in getting the city council to rebuild a local elementary school, helped develop the tenant organization Safe Places, and worked with it to distribute food during the pandemic. Sharing power and leadership with constituents brings what Martin Luther King, Jr called the "beloved community" together in common cause.
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