Sullivan County has been struggling with issues of poverty for a long time. The goal of DIALOGUE2CHANGE: Moving from Poverty to Prosperity is to develop grassroots strategies to help Sullivan County residents move toward prosperity. DIALOGUE2CHANGE will bring a diversity of citizens together to listen respectfully; to explore the assets and challenges that exist in their communities; and to develop workable ways of addressing poverty.
DIALOGUE2CHANGE is an initiative of the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission with funding from the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management’s Small Grants Program and developed under the guidance of Everyday Democracy. The Everyday Democracy foundation has been helping communities across the U.S. create change through dialogues for over 25 years.
Each of the 9 legislative districts will have 8-12 community members, from diverse sections of their population, participate in the community dialogues
Each dialogue group will develop 1 to 2 action plans that members of the community will implement in support of the community’s efforts to ameliorate poverty. The focus and scope of the action plans will be based upon the vision and abilities available in the community.
The process of conducting community dialogues will increase the awareness of present programs that are available throughout the county and encourage communities to connect with these services.
This process will provide an environment where all community members can connect, share ideas and be heard, across differences of race, ethnicity, age, socio-economics, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political views.
- Organizing efforts through mid-April
- Train Facilitators mid-April
- Hold dialogues May through June
- Action Planning meeting in July to review action plans begin implementation of agreed upon strategies.
Interested in Becoming Involved?:
Sullivan County Legislature
Sullivan County Workforce Development Board
Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless
Sullivan County Department of Family Services
Sullivan County Office for the Aging
Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development
Rehabilitation Support Services, Inc.
Latino Alliance of Sullivan County
Health Promotion Strategies
Sullivan West CSD
Sullivan County BOCES
Phillipsport Community Center
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan counties
Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office