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Locks of Compassion

Beam Project Type:     Project in Plan Phase

Considering a lock is defined as a device that restricts access and confines, you may wonder how it can possibly be associated with compassion. But, did you know a lock can also be a symbol of promise, enduring friendship and love? A lock links and unites one to another. In many parts of the world “love locks” attached to bridges and even metal trees have expressed uniting one to another. The “Locks of Compassion” project will re-create a symbolic expression of unity regarding a spirit of compassion for the refugee children and families we serve. With a gift of $10 you will be provided a lock to decorate with signs, symbols, and words of compassion.

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Detailed Description


The "Locks of Compassion" Project is a community focused project that both
creates awareness and unites Rochester and all those who visit our city this
summer around a spirit of Compassion. As Rochester represents the
aspirations of a City of Compassion in our nation...The "Locks of
Compassion" Project will reinforce that virtue with deeds. The proceeds of
sale of the locks that will be displayed will benefit the refugee children
and families served through Catholic Charities.

The many facets of this project includes inclusivity of all in our
community. There are many coming on as sponsors for this project
(physicians, business owners, etc.). We will have lock tags that will be
laminated of individual locks designating "Community Compassion Partners
(i.e. Channel One, Library, Salvation Army, etc). Pledge cards for those
across our nation who support this effort will also be laminated to a lock.
Letters have been sent to many leaders including the Dalai Lama, The Pope,
our legislators, CEO's of Google, Amazon, Twitter, etc., etc.

We will work with some schools and organizations prior to the June 1st date
for the display. A WSU class is presently creating locks to be used. Our
hope is to bring hundreds of locks for a ceremony at the display with Mayor
Brede leading the way (with other leaders ) on June 20th-(World Refugee Day)
when several hundred locks will be attached. Our hope is to have a table to
sell and help adults and children create and attach their locks on Thursdays
on First at the sight of the display.



Level 1: Diversity and Inclusion ; Immigration ; TBD

Level 2:


Community Health:


Lead Organization: Catholic Charities

Confirmed Collaborators: Assisi Heights Spirituality Center (AHSC) ; Catholic Charities ; Rochester Area Builders (RAB)

Potential Collaborators:

Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Diversity and Inclusion, Immigration, TBD

March 14, 2018: CNG Steering Committee working on 2018 Compass Points

 CNG Steering Committee is working on the next version of Rochester/Olmsted County Compass report.

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March 12, 2018: Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement 1Q 2018 and 3Q 2017 Status

March 2018 Status; September News 2017 (Including September meeting agenda and June meeting minutes).

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March 06, 2018: Help the Y Build a Better Us!

2018 Rochester Area Family Y "Build a Better Us" fundraising campaign. 

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March 01, 2018: Mediation & Conflict Solutions Updates by Post Bulletin

2018-03-01 PB story on MCS: "Looking for help with a conflict?

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February 22, 2018: Cradle to Career 2018 Launch Feb 22, 2018 Meeting

At the February 22 meeting, the following information was shared. 

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February 19, 2018: Rochester Clinic and Lotus Health Foundation Community Health Events

Two nationally well-known lifestyle medicine physician and pioneers, Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Hans Diehl along with other physicians will present several topics in Rochester.

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February 17, 2018: 2018 Discipline Data Update - Information

At the 2/6/2018 School Board Meeting the following was presented as a comparison of office referrals from first semester 2016-2017 and first semester 2017-2018 examining District, building, and student data.  Building Principals will also discuss behavior- related supports provided in their respective buildings.

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January 30, 2018: 2018 County Board Goals

At the Jan. CNG Meeting, Heidi Welsh presented the following 2018 Goals

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January 12, 2018: Winona State Rochester: Business, Leadership, and Education

Winona State University – Rochester (WSU-R) and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business, Leadership, and Education Open House Jan. 18, 2018

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December 24, 2017: Rochester A City of Compassion Steering Committee 2017 Status Report

Year end report on status and what to look forward to ...  "as Mary Alessio of the Locks of Compassion Project declares “Compassion is rippling throughout our community”

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December 12, 2017: November 2017 DMC Dashboard

YE 2017 DMC Metrics per Nov. 2, 2017 DMCC Board Meeting.

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November 27, 2017: World's Best Workforce Plan goals not met

Slow progress. 5 Goals not met:  All children are ready for kindergarten, Third-grade literacy, Close all academic achievement gaps, Have all high school graduates career and college ready, Graduate all students from HS

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October 16, 2017: In the Shadow of Growth Forum: Pathways to Prosperity and Well-being

At the October 5 C4G forum, Paul Flesinner talked about a national pilot project to stop generational poverty and what we need to do within the current system to accomplish this now.

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Last modified by allnode on 2017/06/18
Created by allnode on 2017/03/17

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