The East Lubbock Community Alliance was organized after the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood Grant was funded and was
originally identified as the Safety Net Committee.
The committee, co-chaired by Aretha Marbley, Ph. D. Associate Professor
with the Texas Tech College of Education and Cathy Pope, CEO of StarCare Specialty Health System, was not included in the grant
and was informally composed of organizations that historically provided services in East Lubbock. During its building year, members
of The East Lubbock Community Alliance (The Alliance) met, tried out several names, spent time getting to know each other and
defined our purpose and structure. Finally, in September 2014, the members of The Alliance came to a consensus on a vision
(Our Vision is that people in Lubbock will have equal opportunities), mission (Our Mission is to support people to improve their future outlook)
and focus areas (reflective of the Imagine Lubbock Together Plan.) Monthly activities and formal operation as The Alliance soon followed.
During the last two months “The Alliance” has experienced rapid growth and now has over 225 individual members and about 80 committed organizations and businesses.
Thankfully there is now a mailing list, a Facebook page (East Lubbock Community Alliance with 759 Followers as of
2014-12-01), a website
(www.eastlubbockcommunityalliance.org), a tag line (All for One) and a logo to streamline communication.
In addition with this rapid growth in our membership (in the last six weeks 19 people and the Victory in Praise church have joined), it is important to formalize
some of our initial thinking so we continue to operate with a consistent understanding of the purpose, the functions and the expected outcomes of “The Alliance”.
Though we discussed our purpose for many months, one simple theme seemed to resonate with all of us. That is, we agree we are all committed to working really hard
and that we are doing our best every day. Yet, as we discussed what is happening in East Lubbock, it became painfully obvious our efforts are not producing the
outcomes any of us want; our kids are not passing in school and adults are not getting adequate training and better jobs. In fact, too many people in East Lubbock
seem to have lost hope in life, in their children’s futures and have no belief their lives and community will be better.
As we came to terms with our lack of real success, we recognized we need to change how we do work in this community. We agree all of us going our separate ways and
doing our own thing is not having the kind of impact that we want or the community needs. We agreed to change our unsuccessful ways and to work in close collaboration
on everything we are doing in East Lubbock with a single purpose, to put the outcomes for people above our individual agency priorities. This means, we will galvanize,
share, and leverage our resources for the benefit of the East Lubbock Community. We talked at length about and agreed to network our staff and to increase the transparency
of our operations and collaborations.
Regarding the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood’s work in the schools, The Alliance agrees working in the school is not
The Alliance’s role. We agree to really bring long-term sustainable changes to East Lubbock will require the formation of a diverse alliance of many people invested
in supporting citizens of the area in changing the community. We recognize the need to provide a long-term umbrella over the whole community (Census Tracts 9, 10, 12),
basically a wraparound system that consistently supports all aspects of the community as defined by the people who live and work there. We need to be focused on engaging the community,
hearing their needs and desires and bringing changes they define as important.
We agree that while each of us has our own specialty, our own work and our own funding sources with their expectations, developing an alliance with a group sense of
ownership about what we all do, will be key to real progress.
To that end we agree to jointly advocate on behalf of East Lubbock and, initially, to participate in three (3) specific activities:
- The Alliance meeting (First Monday of each month 10-11:30 am @ Star Institute – 517 N. Zenith)
- Partner in a monthly event (preferably one that is already planned in the community) and
- Community Forum to allow recommendations and feedback from the people who live and/or work in East Lubbock (Starting January 20th: 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6-8 pm @ Site to be announced)