Sierra Community House has a multi-year grant from the California of Public Health that allows us to carry out the Close to Home approach in our area. The Close to Home approach encourages rich dialogue, powerful relationships, and creative action to inspire a more respectful and connected community. It inspires our community to create solutions and lead social change to support healthy relationships and prevent domestic and sexual violence.
A key principle of the approach is understanding that violence is rooted in the intersections of multiple forms of inequality and oppression. The approach allows us to consider how topics such as racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights, gender equity, and intergenerational collaboration intersect to impact our community so that we can create effective, strength- based solutions.
Close to Home Truckee strives to end gender-based violence, transform social norms, build community leaders and create a Truckee-Tahoe that is free from violence through the implementation of the Close to Home model.
We are so excited to have this opportunity, and we cannot wait to see what our community will build together! If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Kelsey Benton, Community Education and Outreach Organizer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Close to Home approach?
• A way to shift individual behaviors, relationships, and social norms to create a safer community.
• A framework that allows youth and adults to work together toward a shared vision.
• An organic process that we can use to work toward our vision of a community unified in peace and justice for the safety and well-being of every individual.
The Close to Home Phases
The Close to Home Approach includes four phases: Assess, Talk, Build, Act. These phases can be cycled through and revisited as needed to determine community needs, strengths, and opportunities for action.
Assess Phase: The youth and adult core groups collect data through mapping, surveys, and conversations with community members to get an idea of strengths and opportunities for growth in our community.
Talk Phase: The core groups share the data that was collected in the assess phase with the community while also increasing awareness and interest in the project.
Build Phase: The core groups bring people together to lay the foundation and plan for a community action such as a campaign, event, performance, art installation, project, etc.
Act Phase: Data has been collected and shared, and the community has identified and planned for a solution. The groups implement the plan and take action.
The Close to Home Approach outlines a strategy for beginning the process. The specific content and what is accomplished will be determined by the community and the members participating in the project. If you are interested in getting involved or would like to receive updates on our progress, please contact our team. For more information about the Close to Home approach, please visit the Close to Home website.