The most difficult challenge of this production was to tell the story of Neighborhood Centers, a massive organization that helps thousands, in a form that felt both intimate and personal. To compound this, we knew we wanted to lets individuals tell how their lives intersected with Neighborhood Centers, rather than the other way around.
Neighborhood Centers understands that the way in which they change their clients lives is far more important than any “corporate messaging.”
Rather than create a film that encompassed every aspect of their organization, NCI gave us the freedom to focus on personal stories that exemplified their work. This way we were better able to understand why Neighborhood Centers succeeds.
These stories have been an instrumental part of Neighborhood Center’s capital campaign around workforce development. It has helped put a face and name to the real people that are affected by the employment issues that are discussed on both a regional and national level in an abstract way.
The film premiered to an audience of 170 people at Sundance Cinema in Houston. The film was followed by a conversation around both the films and the issues they represented. Audiences were thrilled to have an accessible medium through which to understand a complicated issue. The team at Neighborhood Centers continue to use the films to important stakeholders--including clients and donors--to show them how their work impacts the lives of everyday people.
Neighborhood Centers Inc. brings resources, education and connection to more than 400,000 people throughout Texas each year. For more than a century, Neighborhood Centers has offered comprehensive community-based programs for people at every stage of life – from infants to seniors. The organization works with residents of emerging communities in 60 service locations to help them discover the strengths and skills necessary to become productive, prosperous and self-sufficient. Building on the strengths of individuals and communities, Neighborhood Centers is transforming them. FOR GOOD. Neighborhood Centers Inc. is a United Way agency. For more information, visit www.neighborhood-centers.org