Episode 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.

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Episode 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 relationship that includes long conversations over shared interests, trips to beautiful places, and a growing 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.

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Episode 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.

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Episode 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.

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Episode 14: Season 2 Intro & Staff Introductions

Episode 14: Season 2 Intro & Staff Introductions

Season 2 of Neighboring is live! Episode 14 brings members of the NeighborLink staff to the table to give a detailed overview of what NeighborLink does and a roundtable discussion on what our staff thinks it means to be a good neighbor. Staff interact and share more about their work and what they’re learning as a result of it. Tune in and let us know what you think.

Episode 13: Jenn Nickell

Jenn Nickell, the new principal at Lindley Academy, avoided the teacher life for several years, pursuing a degree and career in acting instead. But 11 years ago, she started substitute teaching and thus began her career in the school system. She’s found that inside the walls of a school lives a microcosmic neighborhood. She would argue even that kids understand what it means to be a good neighbor in a much better way, with much higher emotional intelligence than we as adults give them credit for. As an educator, Jenn pulls us into what it looks like to be a neighbor inside a school.

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Episode 12: Tiffany Gardner

Tiffany Gardner has worked at Ambassador Enterprises for 4 years as leader of Community Engagement, in which she manages several programs at that inspire and create opportunity for the team to be involved in the community. At Ambassador Enterprises (AE), she is part of a business that seeks to connect and engage with not only the nonprofits they support, but also seek to connect and engage with the community to impact the systemic needs that those nonprofits seek to solve. 

Tiffany and her team believe in the “mutual value exchange” which is a mentality that we as individuals can put into practice in our own lives. It’s the idea that we can learn from each other, we mutually have something valuable we can exchange to each other.

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Episode 11: Palermo Galindo

Palermo Galindo works for the City of Fort Wayne and has been a resident here for over 25 years. I’m sure it’d be easy to get jaded, seeing neighborhood after neighborhood, each with its own set of needs. Some of us might tend to get overwhelmed with all that needs fixed and changed in the city. But Palermo has kept his tender heart for the city and its neighborhoods and the people in them. 

Palermo has such a unique perspective of Fort Wayne and gets to see and interact with a much broader spectrum of neighboring, as he is the liaison between the Mayor’s office and the people by connecting neighborhoods to the resources they need for development or improvement. And he takes this role very seriously, a servant leader to the people to create a culture in Fort Wayne that is more than just a city, but a place of refuge and safety – one big community.

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