Connecting local responses around the world
I remember the words vividly "..happy couples make happy families, happy families make happy communities, happy communities make a happy nation and happy nations make a happy world.." of the song. But there is another saying "..a house is not a home.." When Le Pont du Tamarinier had the opportunity to support vulnerable / marginalized communities with houses, this was what it hoped for, making houses, homes. It dream created with support of SALT is "Equal opportunity for all peoples, enabling accomplishment of individual dreams and that they give back positive to society." Two of the seven practices to accomplish the dream are  Greater community involvement and  Family strengthened efforts.
Since Pont du Tamarinier adopted SALT as its Way of Thinking and Working, the three communities it engages have tasted SALT and are stimulated at the community levels. Pont du Tamarinier is now taking a conscious effort to strengthen individual families in an effort to greater community involvement as well. "We will experience home visits as a TEAM so that we have a common understanding of its use and potential." This experience focused on two questions  What are you most proud of? and  What has the experience with Le Pont du Tamarinier meant for you?
Satisfied faces of what home visits can accomplish in pursuit of family strengthening effort
The taste of 'home visits' was inspiring:
S - people were stimulated and we feel inspired by their response to the two questions;
A - we feel appreciated by the invitation come into our homes. There was space offering comfort on both sides. There was expressions of appreciation for what we do;
L - we have learn so many things from this short visit. We learn more about the individual families that helps us work more effectively with them;
T - there is even more trust developed between us and the families of the community
"We want to do more of this as our Way of Working," the consensus of the appreciative team.