Long Branch Health and Wellness Asset Inventory

In response to needs expressed by community residents and health care providers CHEER has published the Long Branch Health and Wellness Asset Inventory.  This list is intended to provide community residents and health care providers with a useful guide to health and wellness resources in or near Takoma Park and Long Branch.  The inventory lists primary care physicians, medical specialists, mental health, and substance abuse services.  It also includes a list of social support resources available to community residents, such as food and nutrition, housing, and recreation. Continue reading

Empowering People and Organizations: Intensive Training on CircleForward

What Does an Efficient Local Democracy Look Like? A good democracy has many voices representing the whole community making better decisions that produce better outcomes for everyone.  Finding and practicing a process that facilitates this is part of the CHEER community improvement process. CHEER is honored to host trainings in CircleForward presented by John Buck and Monika Megyesi of the Sociocracy Consulting Group.  John and Monika offer highly interactive and engaging trainings designed for everyone who’s ever been in a meeting and wondered, “How can we do this better?” Continue reading

CHEER Begins Preparation for Takoma Park Youth Development Summit

On January 23, 2014 CHEER held the first of a series of round table discussions focused on helping youth in Takoma Park successfully transition to adulthood.  The series is bringing Takoma Park residents and community stakeholders together to create a collaborative effort to address major concerns related to local youth.  Continue reading

Exploring Ways to Build the Takoma Park Local Economy

Takoma Park is building the new local economy right now.  A panel discussion and more than 20 community residents met on December 5th to discuss current projects and ideas for new projects that create an inclusive local economy.  This event parallels a joint effort of CHEER and IMPACT Silver Spring to build local economy in Long Branch. Continue reading

Essex House Leaders Find the Path of Success

The Leadership Team at Essex House, a 135 unit high rise rental property on Maple Avenue, has developed robust leadership capacity over the past several months and recently achieved recognition from the building owners and is now for the first time managing its own budget.  Since beginning the Neighborhood Improvement Process six months ago, the Essex House Leadership Team has built capacity and implemented several successful programs that benefit the residents. Continue reading

Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research