Our Story

Why do so many efforts of poverty alleviation fail to achieve long lasting results? This is the question we set out to answer back in 2016.

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We studied the most effective and transformative non profits across the world (mostly North America) that were making lasting impacts in their communities. 

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We then captured the heart of these organizations to better understand what they were doing and how they were doing it.

We captured their stories in a short film series.

 

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12N Film Series

The Alex Community Food Centres
Calgary, Alberta
 

Code Tenderloin
San Francisco, California
 

Build Inc.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

Homeboy Industries
LA, California

 

There were 3 things in common with these organizations.
Each one focused on dignity,
opportunity
and community,
through the power of social enterprise.
 

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The 12 Neighbours Community Project
is most inspired by these two organizations.
 

 
 

Providing Hope & Dignity
The 12 Neighbours Poverty Paradigm

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Poor circumstances lead to a loss of dignity and consequently a poor self identity. Effective development work is about reversing this model.

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Our Vision

To create a dignified micro-home community that provides a safe space to heal, pursue opportunities, and go after your best self.

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Our Values

Kindness

Kindness is healing, dignifying and empowering.
We want kindness to be embedded in the culture of this community. 

Patience / Gentleness / Tenderness / Respect / Dignity / Community

Safety

Everyone has the right to feel safe and free from harm in their community. 
Inclusiveness / Equality / Boundaries / Respect / Belonging

Agency
 

Providing agency means giving people the freedom to act for themselves, to make their own choices and construct a meaningful life. 
Opportunity / Autonomy / Responsibility / Hard Work

Purpose Driven

We will provide opportunity for you to pursue your best self and achieve your goals. 
Opportunity / Skill development / Job training / Self improvement / Goal setting 

 

Our Team
 

Board of Directors

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Peter Lee

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Marcel Lebrun

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Sue MacQuarrie

Founder

Advisory Board

Coming Soon

We will be looking to expand our team in the coming months.
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