5/22/2013 8:32:00 PM The Tapestry Project - Spring Session Continues to Pull the
Mankato Community Together One Thread at a Time
Mankato, MN - May 6, 2013 Many in our area have been aware of an experiential learning program taking place in the Mankato community. The Tapestry Project, which provides educational tools, cross-cultural learning and community engagement opportunities, is a collaborative effort of MN Council of Churches (MCC), City of Mankato, and Lloyd Management to co-facilitate a seven week class that provides Housing, Parenting, Safety and Health education to refugees and former refugees living in the Mankato area.
The educational tools gained through this project provide proactive problem-solving strategies and foster stability for refugee families. With an emphasis on community engagement, community volunteers, also known as "Community Connectors", along with the City of Mankato police and fire fighters, provide welcome, offer words of encouragement and share life experience relating to the specific class topics. This unique blend creates a thread of social connection and growth through a personal cross-cultural learning experience. This community-facilitated approach is based on the idea that learning comes not just from a traditional classroom environment but also from the sharing of life experiences of all community members. There's room for everyone at the table.
The Tapestry Project has been recognized as a "best practice" for its collaborative public-private partnerships which compliment both national refugee community integration, as well as international community policing models.
The spring session is running Tuesday nights from 6:00 - 8:30, at Bethel Baptist Church, 1250 Monks Avenue, Mankato. If you are interested in learning more, contact MCC at (507) 345-1554.