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Community Recreation Center


Ford Institute Director Roque Barros and Associate Director Max Gimbel recently met with a community action team in Ontario as part of the The Ford Family Foundation's community based change program. After deliberation the group decided to move ahead with a family recreation center (a project identified by local participants during a Ford Institute Alumni Celebration).


They drafted a 90-day work plan, which included a pledge to listen to 1,000 community residents. The team tasked Four Rivers Healthy Community to facilitate the survey. Once the survey was completed (results above) the group reconvened and designated its next steps in the process. 4RHC will be conducting meetings in local towns to identify potential community partners, assets, needs and resources. The Action Team will meet again in January. For more information, contact


To learn more about the process CLICK HERE.



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