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									SDOP Presentation
In the beginning …
a vacant lot
But then God created…
Self Development of People
  A Committee of the Presbytery of Philadelphia
Self Development of People
  A Committee of the Presbytery of Philadelphia




           SDOP
What is self-development?
What is self-development?

• People who are poor or oppressed come
  together to try to address the conditions
  that negatively affect their lives
What is self-development?

• People who are poor or oppressed come
  together to try to address the conditions
  that negatively affect their lives
• They design and implement a project that
  will produce long-term change
What is self-development?

• People who are poor or oppressed come
  together to try to address the conditions
  that negatively affect their lives
• They design and implement a project that
  will produce long-term change
• They benefit directly from the project
What is self-development?

• People who are poor or oppressed come
  together to try to address the conditions
  that negatively affect their lives
• They design and implement a project that
  will produce long-term change
• They benefit directly from the project
• They lead and control the project
Why is self-development important?
Why is self-development important?

• Self-development ensures ownership
Why is self-development important?

• Self-development ensures ownership
• Self-development enhances dignity
Why is self-development important?

• Self-development ensures ownership
• Self-development enhances dignity
• Self-development builds community
Why is self-development important?

•   Self-development ensures ownership
•   Self-development enhances dignity
•   Self-development builds community
•   Self-development is the best hope for
    lasting change
How does the SDOP Committee help?
How does the SDOP Committee help?

• Promotes the vision of self-development
How does the SDOP Committee help?

• Promotes the vision of self-development
• Provides guidance on how to turn an idea
  into a project
How does the SDOP Committee help?

• Promotes the vision of self-development
• Provides guidance on how to turn an idea
  into a project
• Supplies funding for self-development
  projects
What are other recent SDOP projects?
What are other recent SDOP projects?

A transitional home for recovering addicts in
  Chester - owned and run by recovering
  addicts.
What are other recent SDOP projects?

An after-school arts program in Norristown -
 providing children with enrichment
 opportunities the schools can no longer
 afford, while at the same time bringing in
 income for underemployed artists.
What are other recent SDOP projects?

A network of Philadelphia taxi drivers
  working together to improve working
  conditions, wages, and benefits.
What are other recent SDOP projects?

A bike patrol of men volunteering from 4
  p.m. to 2 a.m. to assist the police in
  keeping their Southwest Philadelphia
  neighborhood secure.
What are other recent SDOP projects?

Senior citizen immigrants from war-torn
 Liberia banding together to smooth a
 difficult transition to an alien culture.
How do the grants work?
How do the grants work?

• Application is made to SDOP Committee
How do the grants work?

• Application is made to SDOP Committee
• One-year grants, disbursed quarterly
How do the grants work?

• Application is made to SDOP Committee
• One-year grants, disbursed quarterly
• Renewable – fresh application required
How do the grants work?

•   Application is made to SDOP Committee
•   One-year grants, disbursed quarterly
•   Renewable – fresh application required
•   Recent grants have ranged from $5,000 to
    $16,000
Where does the money come from?
Where does the money come from?


      Our Presbytery’s portion of

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
What can I do to help?
What can I do to help?

• Refer people with ideas or projects to the
  SDOP Committee
What can I do to help?

• Refer people with ideas or projects to the
  SDOP Committee
• Encourage the One Great Hour of Sharing
  offering in your congregation
… in the name of love.

								
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