Communities of Transformation (COT) works to move families from surviving to thriving by developing personal leadership skills and building authentic relationships. The vision of Communities of Transformation is to take the church into the community, to invite the community into the church, and to build relationships that elevate families in the name of Christ.
Launched by The Alabama West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2010, Communities of Transformation now has seven sites in Alabama and is excited to be developing two new sites in the Western PA Conference in the Bradford and Alle-Kiski areas.
Communities of Transformation is a community initiative that supports individuals and families wanting to move from just surviving to thriving. These families are partnered with community volunteers who provide support and encouragement.
Both participants and volunteers receive extensive training before being matched in small groups. Every member of the program contributes to its success, every member sets and works towards personal goals, and every member experiences the transformation of an expanded worldview and new possibilities. All of this occurs during weekly meetings, which include a meal and childcare. An additional significant outcome of COT is the breaking down of barriers that historically divide our communities - socioeconomic, racial, religious, political, and cultural.
Each COT site is located in a unique community with its own resources. COT does not seek to recreate programs that are already providing services to the local community. In fact, through community partnerships, COT can link its members to those community programs and resources that can help them reach their goals.
Learn more about Communities of Transformation at one of our upcoming Zoom information sessions, led by COT Executive Director Katy Wrona, on October 30 at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.