Episode 37: Réna Bradley

Réna Bradley is a designer and community advocate. Her experience working across the private, public and nonprofit sectors has taught her that design is a tool to develop not only places, but a sense of well-being, unity, joy and agency in individuals and communities. In her current position as Bridge of Grace’s Community Development Coordinator, she uses design as a tool to mobilize youth, residents, and volunteers who want to make a difference in their neighborhood. Réna is a joy to be around, loves her neighbors deeply, and is a person to seek out to get to know.

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Episode 36: Matt Kelley

Matt started a boutique design and advertising agency 15 years ago called One Lucky Guitar, and has been one of Fort Wayne’s most loved “doers” and brand champions for over a decade. Matt is the kind of guy that doesn’t let his ideas sit on the shelf and is always working to creating the spaces, events, or meaningful experiences that develop and shape the culture that he sees missing in various areas. Matt is an inspiration to many because of the tireless energy and “all-in” nature he brings to the projects that align with his passion for creativity, music, and meaningful events. This podcast is intended to encourage all the neighbors in our community that have great ideas, but haven’t gotten them off shelf yet, and to all those that are doing their thing wondering if anyone notices. We see you.

“If you’re the kind of person that likes to help build things, pick up a shovel, pick up the paddle, and go.. This is an incredible place to be.”

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Episode 35: Cindy Joyner

Cindy has been one of NeighborLink’s biggest fans and advocates for years at the City of Fort Wayne. Cindy spent over 15 years with Neighborhood Code Compliance as a customer relations manager and then as director for 10 years before becoming the Director of Community Development in 2018. Cindy is passionate about her community, her work, and the residents in Fort Wayne. Her and her husband have been active neighbors in the southside of town for decades and have both served in pubic service to our community. We spend time talking in this podcast about her journey to Director of Community Development, what all is part of the Community Development department in a city office, and some of the great and challenging things going on in Fort Wayne. Her passion and energy comes through and I think you’ll enjoy getting to learn from her as we talk about being a good neighbor in Fort Wayne.

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Episode 34: Addison Agen

“The Voice” finalist, Addison Agen, joined Andrew for a conversation about what it was like growing up in her neighborhood, inspiration, how she makes touring more like home, and what's it is like to be a "neighbor" in a band setting. Addison also reflects on her time during "The Voice" competition, how everyone on the show attempt to care for one another during the process, and what it's like trying to be a digital neighbor to so many "fans." All a good reminder that a neighborhood can be formed anywhere.

Addison will be performing a show in Fort Wayne with the Legendary Trainhoppers on Thursday, Sept 26th, at the historic USF Performing Arts Center. This show is going to be fantastic and 100% of proceeds will go to supporting our mission at NeighborLink Fort Wayne.

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Episode 33: Louisville Part 2

Part 2 of this podcast talks to all the members from part 1 about their post-event experiences. Innovative financing, need for collaboration, and having a unified story are just a few of the overarching themes that arose in these post-event interviews. Needless to say, we were all taking in a lot of information and finding the aspects that really spoke to us along the way. Listen in to hear the inspiration and those little nuggets of information that have been missing from our knowledge bank that we pick up throughout the conversations in Louisville.

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Episode 32: Louisville Part 1

Just under 50 business, civic, governmental, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders joined Greater Fort Wayne on a trip to Louisville, KY with the hopes of learning and gaining inspiration in regards to neighborhood development. GFW has been facilitating inner city visit trips around the country for the past few years and believes that we have a lot to learn from Louisville as it relates to where Fort Wayne is today. NeighborLink Executive Director, Andrew Hoffman, was invited on that trip and decided to take Neighboring on the road in an effort to track with a few attendees on why they were going, what they hoped to learn, and what they walked away with. Part 1 covers the intros and anticipated lessons.

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Episode 31: Kristin Giant

Kristin and Andrew take a stroll through the '05, discussing neighborly awkwardness, finding your place, and the pros and cons of social media connectivity. Kristin and her family made an intentional decision to move into the 46805 zip code and have discovered a community of neighbors that have quickly become their tribe. From buying a home from the original owners to the dozen neighborhood kids that have a permanent kickball court in the middle of their intersection to know your neighbors are watching you always, they have learned the power of being connected to the physical neighbors. Kristin also shares what it means to be "digital neighbors" with people from her past and people she's met along the way that are no longer close physically, but still present opportunities to be neighbors.

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Episode 29: Bernadette "Bernie" Becker

Bernadette Baker is our newest employee at NeighborLink and is joining us as an AmeriCorp VISTA. We spend some time talking about what it means to be an AmeriCorp VISTA, her role doing research in the neighborhoods we're working with, and some initial learnings from our "What Makes a Healthy Neighborhood, Healthy" research project. Bernadette's life experiences, passion for learning, and her desire to think through the economic factors of community development all contribute to why she chose to join us at NeighborLink essentially as a full-time volunteer for an entire year. Look through this channel to learn more about what she's up to as she has a weekly "vlog" we're producing.

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