Season 2 Episodes
23 - Mark Schmidt - life after work
Mark and his wife, Geri, made a conscious decision for Mark not to search for a new job at 58 years old when his career of 31 years at the local General Electric facility ended upon the business unit he worked for re-located to a different community. Instead of moving with GE or finding another job locally, he made a commitment to volunteerism and community engagement. Mark doesn't really consider himself in retirement, just in a new career that doesn't pay in monetary terms, but in impact. Mark is an extremely humble man and I admire Mark for many reasons. I wanted to talk to him about how he managed work/life balance, whether volunteerism and service were always a part of his life, whether he ever questioned whether he was on the right career path, and what motivates him to be so involved as a volunteer. As someone in my late 30s, I have a lot to learn from guys like Mark. We also talk in-depth about the rise of men and women entering retirement at a younger age and how many are finding purpose and community as they transition via volunteerism.
pettit rudisill neighborhood
Part 5 of healthy neighborhood series
Pettit Rudisill candidly talks about their part of town, The "06.” Laurie and her husband Randy have raised their family in Laurie’s childhood home after they moved back to Fort Wayne in 1986. Mark migrated to that area with his family for proximity to their church and the cost of living. It's often said that Pettit Rudisill is in the "not so good part of town". But Mark observes that once moving to the southeast side of Fort Wayne, that "People are people. There are people that make good choices and there are people that make poor choices. And yet, for the most part, people want to be known, they want to be cared for, they want to be liked, as we all do." Pettit Rudisill may be in the "Southeast side" of Fort Wayne, but it's a strong neighborhood that has been writing a different narrative than the one that gets told about it for decades.
Hoagland Masterson neighborhood
Part 4 of healthy neighborhood series
We talk to two residents, Arline and Jim, from the Hoagland Masterson Neighborhood Association about the characteristics of their neighborhood, the challenges faced by being more marginalized than most neighborhoods, and what they think makes their neighborhood healthy despite those challenges. Arline always wanted to own and restore a grand Victorian home and after locating one in this neighborhood, was encouraged by the realtor and her insurance agent to reconsider due to the reputation of the neighborhood. Jim and his wife happened to end up on HM due to their daughter purchasing a home just prior to taking a military assignment. They ended up moving into the home after some time and have been residents for almost 10 years. HM has some of the most challenging issues of any neighborhoods we've researched as Arline and Jim share. It feels like the rules are the same and they've been passed by for a lot of years, until recently due to the advocating of some neighbors and the speculation of downtown development. It's a fascinating conversation on a neighborhood fighting to be seen, heard, and cared about.
west central neighborhood
Part 3 of healthy neighborhood series
We talk to two residents, Ben and Tyler, from the West Central Neighborhood Association about the characteristics of their neighborhood and what they think makes their neighborhood healthy. Ben has lived in the neighborhood for about a decade and been president for the past two years. Tyler is buying and renovating his first home in West Central, but began his connection to the neighborhood as a renter eager to get more involved. Ben and Tyler talk about the history, growth, diversity, and some of the challenges within of one of the most prominent and attention getting neighborhoods in Fort Wayne. If you've wanted to know more about what happens behind the scenes WC, this is a great start to the discussion.
williams woodland park neighborhood
Part 2 of healthy neighborhood series
We talk to two residents, Lyndsay and Charlie, from the Williams Woodland Park Neighborhood about the characteristics of their neighborhood and what they think makes their neighborhood healthy. Lyndsay has lived in the neighborhood for almost 10 years and has served as the neighborhood president for the past few years while serving in a variety of other leadership positions. Lyndsay brings her administrative gifting and drivenness to make sure that all the initiatives neighbors want to see happen. Charlie and his wife started as renters in the neighborhood before buying a home two years ago. They have been involved since day one in all social events and association business. Charlie took over the leadership of WWPN in February. WWPN is one of the most socially and relationally connected we've been in. We see the impact of that social connectivity in their success with their neighborhood home tour, the amount of social events they have, and the intergenerational support that neighbors have with one another.
north highlands neighborhood
Part 1 of healthy neighborhood series
We talk to two residents, Kay and Bailey, from the North Highlands Neighborhood Association about the characteristics of their neighborhood and what they think makes their neighborhood healthy. Kay has lived in the neighborhood for over 30 years and been extremely active, including being the neighborhood president for a number of years. Kay and others advocated for and led some of the most comprehensive public infrastructure projects in a neighborhood setting of any other neighborhood we've seen. Bailey and her family moved into North Highlands a few years ago and has quickly taken a more organic role to be active in the neighborhood by leverage modern communication tools, encouraging neighbors to get involved, and taking responsibility to create the type of community neighbors want. Their conversation illustrates what we're beginning to see more and more as multi-generational leadership merges together to lead neighborhoods.
18 - Invest in YOURSELF
Sam is a Fort Wayne native and developed a passion for serving others at the YMCA in 2012 when she started in a member services role. Sam is a young professional with a commitment to being the best person she can be by wrestling with the tension of when life, vocation, and purpose all intersect. Her love for coaching and developing others is partnered with a desire to strengthen community for all people. This is all allowing her to make an intentional impact to better lives in Downtown Fort Wayne Since as a neighbor and as the Membership Director at the Central Branch YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne.
17 - Finding A Friend
Meet Mrs Kolde and Mary. Two neighbors connected through a request for help who became quick friends. A cleaning project turned into an ongoing relationships that includes long conversations over shared interests, trips to beautiful places, and a true friendship that spans a couple generations in age. One of our greatest desires at NeighborLink is that you may find a friend in the neighbor you've just showed up to help. We get to learn how our experiences impact our friends through story, how Mary and Mrs Kolde found each other, and the lessons they're learning along the way. This story a beautiful glimpse into what getting to know your neighbors or choosing to engage relationally through your volunteerism can do if you're open to it. It doesn't always happen, but the opportunity always exists.
16 - tim hallman
Tim has been on an intentional journey of learning what it means to be a good neighbor for over 15 years. Tim pastored a small church in the heart of a socio-economically diverse downtown collar neighborhood for 20 years before becoming the Christian Emphasis Director at the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne a few years ago. In the past 10 years, we’ve had more conversations on the role of the “Church” or Christians in neighborhood and community development with Tim than just about anyone else. Tim is the connector, pastor, and friend that can lead you to hopeful, strategic, and affirming kinds of conversations that always end up with you seeing something new in what you're working on that will leave you encouraged and optimistic that you're making progress. Tim wants to be a better neighbor and wants to do that with you for the sake of learning together being better for us all.
15 - katie jo
Katie is Fort Wayne famous for many reasons. Katie is known around town as the person “Slinging Sunshine” and spreading joy. Katie is someone you find at a lot of local events scooping people up who are strangers and transforming them into close friends. She cares for the people she interacts with in a really extraordinary way. Everyone that knows her feels the genuine love and care she has for them. She has a way of turning brief interactions she has with people into long-lasting feelings of gratitude and kindness. Katie looks after everyone around her. Are they well? Do they have what they need? Can she do anything for them? Do they realize how unique they are? Off the clock she makes a point to be a cheerleader, encouraging people to keep believing in themselves. Katie pours herself out to people and gives it all she’s got. She is transforming our community with each and every interaction she has with people.
14 - NEIGHBORLINK STAFF
Season 2 kicks off with our staff sitting around the table talking about our work. We begin the episode giving a more in-depth overview of what NeighborLink does as an organization in the first few minutes, and then transition to a round table discussion with just a few of our staff members who introduce themselves as well as share about what it means to be a good neighbor from their perspective.