“Neighborhood Centers goes where we are invited to go, and we do what we are asked to do,” reads the group’s website. The idea is to figure out what works and how to build on it, not to look for problems, a somewhat unique mission in the nonprofit world.
Angela Blanchard, an elegant, straight-talking force of nature in this part of the world, has been at the helm of the organization for the past two decades.
“Despair is very expensive,” she said over dinner one evening at a quiet restaurant in the trendy Montrose neighborhood during a candid conversation peppered with delightfully unexpected but expertly employed swear words.
let’s do this first: free art-ists.
If I were to rewire my brain to be a constant learner how would I begin? What exercises would I do to have a “fit and healthy” brain?
perhaps .. free yourself from supposed to’s and trust your curiosity…
Terrorism is a virus. Infection is world wide. Defeating a virus depends upon strengthening our immune system. How can we do that?
Saul Kaplan (@skap5) tweeted at 6:42 AM – 15 Oct 2017 :
So grateful for @CajunAngela in my life, on the BIF Board, & coming to RI! Be still my heart. Read this: https://t.co/MZIZDwz9WS (http://twitter.com/skap5/status/919544110167547904?s=17)
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as CEO? What will be your legacy?
I hate this question. All accomplishments are temporary. And nothing is accomplished alone. I’m not interested in legacies. I don’t even like what I did a year ago — so i have no interest in preservation of projects. The past is a book already written — and it’s lessons are available to us if we will practice humble reflection.
Out to Change the World. Born for Storms.
Angela Blanchard (@CajunAngela) tweeted at 6:16 AM on Sat, Jan 20, 2018:
People who hate government don’t care that it’s shut down. Some people think of federal government only as an impediment to their ambitions. And will enjoy the angst this creates – for a while.
Angela Blanchard (@CajunAngela) tweeted at 6:51 AM – 4 May 2018 :
Why I love “diversity” –
We get just one life … unless we are willing to gently know another person – enter their world and live briefly through their eyes.
With curiosity and empathy we can have an endless number of lives.
My favorite thing about being alive. (http://twitter.com/CajunAngela/status/992386343127994369?s=17)
Angela Blanchard (@CajunAngela) tweeted at 6:29 AM on Fri, Jun 08, 2018:
The more you love this country/world the more it hurts to live here.
Angela Blanchard (@CajunAngela) tweeted at 6:47 AM on Fri, Jun 22, 2018:
Don’t say hateful things about people. These powerful people you’re raging at probably don’t care what hateful things you say about them – but – doing so burns your soul. Don’t hurt your soul. You need your soul.
*wrote this for me. And maybe you too.
Wisdom. As always. https://t.co/xrNjDm0cM2
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/sandymaxey/status/1029471379975012352
Lessons I’ve learned from knowing displaced people:
If you’re going to be any use to the world – your “safe place” better be inside you. If you need your own comfort guaranteed before you can show up, you’re likely to be in the way once you get to the arena.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/CajunAngela/status/1029358378177519619
Angela Blanchard (@CajunAngela) tweeted at 4:23 AM – 1 Sep 2018 :
I find that I am happiest in shelters and camps. I need to be with people who’ve been uprooted. Unmoored. They know something about this journey we’re on. And they value connection because they were saved by grace. (http://twitter.com/CajunAngela/status/1035835497334157312?s=17)