GRDC is pleased to welcome these new members.
Family Center (CFC) is Rochester's largest family service
provider; helping nearly 63,000 people each year achieve
independence with dignity. The comprehensive agency
houses nine major service areas for people of all ages,
races, religions and socioeconomic circumstances. In
all, CFC has 60 programs within its nine service departments,
available to the community at 17 locations throughout
Monroe and Wayne Counties.
recognizes that having a job which pays a living wage
is important to its clients.It offers several important
programs which transcend all service areas, including:
Work First (a welfare-to-work employment program), the
Employment Services Program and the Ways to Work Family
Loan Program which provides, low-interest loans to the
poor for anything that can help maintain, or lead to,
C. Hunt, MSW, Director of Cultural Competence &
Training, will represent Catholic Family Center on the
Greater Rochester Diversity Council.
can reach Brande at Catholic Family Center, 87 North
Clinton Avenue, Rochester, New York 14604, (585) 262-7014,
Please visit the organization's website at www.cfcrochester.org.
Connections Consulting Group serves business, civic, and
educational organizations by partnering with them to establish
systems and processes that bring about and sustain innovation.
This is accomplished through a variety of means including:
assessment of organizational culture and implementing
systemic change strategies, inclusion programs such as
Mosaic Partnerships, organizational architecture, leadership
development and teambuilding.
many years now Idea Connections has been following the
efforts of organizations (private and public) as they
have been proactively addressing the very important
issue of diversity and human cultural connections within
their unique environments.
trends in domestic demographics, as well as the inevitable
shift to a global economy, clearly indicate that the
ability to leverage cultural differences will be a key
critical success factor relating to the long-term growth
and success of any business, organization and community.
Partnerships for Community Progress
2001, Mayor William A. Johnson initiated Biracial Partnerships
for Community Progress in order to break down racial
misunderstandings in the Rochester community. Under
the leadership of the Mayor's Commission on Race and
Ethnicity, Idea Connections implemented the program.
In its inception, the Biracial Partnerships for Community
Progress program focused on African American, Hispanic
and Caucasian partnerships among 160 regional leaders.
In its second phase the program partnered Muslim and
non-Muslim community members. Currently, phase three
continues the roll out throughout the general population.
The process is designed to expand to tens of thousands
of people in every stratum and sector of the Rochester
region in the years to follow.
Partnerships was created to carry the success and key
learnings of Rochester's Biracial Partnerships to other
communities, organizations and businesses throughout
the country. It was developed around the simple idea
that friendship and fellowship-when supported by broader
economic, political and social institutions-have transformational
powers within society. Based on Idea Connections' years
of experience in understanding how people think and
feel-and the effect this has on human behavior-the program's
purpose is to create environments that serve as catalysts
for sub-cultures of all types to appreciate, accept
and leverage human differences.
entire program is designed to bring people together
in pairs-people who might otherwise never have met-and
encourage them to interact at increasingly deeper, more
intimate levels. The goal is to establish trust and
unity, the prerequisites of any lasting and effective
change. The Mosaic Partnerships process has proven effective
in multiple areas, including: mergers and acquisitions,
leadership development, cross-cultural training, as
well as race relations.
Idea Connections on the Greater Rochester Diversity
Council are Robert
B. Rosenfeld, President and Chief Executive Officer,
585-442-4110 X3121 and Richard
D. Agent, Senior Consultant, 585-442-4110 X3144,
693 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607. Fax: 585-442-8823.
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