Community Values (Part 1)

Posted on April 4, 2011

Julius Lanoil
Consultant, Education and Wellness, Fountain House

Swedish social work researcher Magnus Karlsson asked me, "What are the values that underlie the Fountain House working community?" Below is my partial response.  (The rest of my list will be posted next week.)

  1. People have a need to be needed.
  2. Hope is necessary to human development and stability.
  3. Respect is communicated to an adult by a program that reflects activities considered normal and adult by the larger community.
  4. Respect is also communicated when people have choice, because choice creates a sense of personal control and empowerment.
  5. Respect is also communicated when people are given full access to all opportunities.
  6. People are motivated by self-benefitting actions and others-benefitting actions, which creates Meaning in life.
  7. A concern for social justice facilitates and motivates behavior and focuses anger and depression on positive action.
  8. Everybody has things to teach and things to learn.
  9. You can’t put a time limit on social support or relationships.
  10. All human growth stems from the experience of being accepted.
  11. People need the opportunity and support to try new things.
  12. Everyone needs someone who “has their back.”
  13. People need to be appreciated for what they do.
  14. People need someone they trust to share their truth.
  15. Human dignity implies the satisfaction of basic human needs.
  16. Having a sense of belonging requires the opportunity, right, and obligation to express oneself.

What do you think?  Do you have any to add?

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