We’re a decade into this journey of renewing the city through neighbourhood community. Our desire is to see Windsor be a good place to grow up and a good place to grow old, and we pursue collaboration with anyone who shares that vision.
About DWCC - Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative
It all started in 2010 when a group of friends decided that there was no sense just talking about renewal, we needed to jump in and by doing life together be part of the solution. Some moved downtown to work with others already present. Others joined in by doing life in the downtown as much as possible. And our Church roots still shape us – that our faith is not segregated to Sunday morning but shapes our everyday life— being hopeful, gracious, neighbourly, hospitable, compassionate, and looking out for others.
Our vision for downtown is of ‘biblical proportions’ The words of a prophet from 2,500 years ago are still fitting for our city— ‘divine intervention’ looks like this: “Old men and old women will come back to the city, sit on benches on the streets and spin tales, move around safely with their canes —a good city to grow old in. And boys and girls will fill the public parks, laughing and playing —a good city to grow up in.”
Our mission is to renew the city through nurturing neighbourhood engagement. That happens when groups of residents identify valued activities and help to make them happen. These include a network of homes being a ‘faithful life-giving presence’, community gardens, barrier-free sports programs, community celebrations, art nights and neighbourhood projects (such as crime prevention initiatives, special events, cleanups, and more).
Our strategy is to integrate our neighbourhood networks with the neighbourhood engagement activities. We’re working to connect a series of homes in every neighbourhood committed to being a faithful life-giving presence on their streets. This interacts with the programming of events and activities across the neighbourhoods that provide a place for people to participate in change, and build new friendships.