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UPDATE on Partners: Chicago Office In 2010, led by Senior Vice President Gianfranco Grande, Partners piloted a new model of New Dollars/New Partners training for Our Lady of Peace (OLP), tailored to its specific challenges, opportunities, and goals. Together with OLP’s pastor, Partners designed a training that combined components from each of the four core New Dollars modules, with new content that addressed the unique history and context of the parish and its community. With the success of the first custom New Dollars training, word spread, and more congregations have retained Partners to conduct trainings that focus on specific areas of interest to them. This alternative model of New Dollars attracted the attention of the Archdiocese of Chicago. A longtime supporter of Partners’ work in Chicagoland, they had already sponsored four New Dollars cohorts in the city and signed on to sponsor custom trainings at five diverse parishes. The variety of parishes and the neighborhoods they serve has challenged Partners to tailor New Dollars/New Partners in new ways. At St. Pius V, the New Dollars training, completed in the spring of 2013, was not only customized in its content, but was presented in Spanish for the first time in Partners’ history. The training was a collaboration between Partners’ bilingual staff in Chicago and Philadelphia, the leadership of St. Pius V, and Dina Garcia, an interpreter and recent graduate of New Dollars at her own parish, St. Stanislaus Kostka. Once the parish’s goals were identified, Partners developed a training that combined components of each module of New Dollars in a new way. Chicago Advisory Board Rolf Achilles Rabbi Michael Balinsky Clark Baurer, AIA, SE Joel D. Bookman Aja Carr Christopher Ellis Suzanne Germann Eleanor Gorski T. Gunny Harboe, FAIA Corlis Moody The Reverend James M. Moody Suzanne Morgan Michael P. Mosher, JD Joan Pomaranc Father John Sanaghan John Watts Interpreter Dina Garcia leads a session at the first ever Spanishlanguage New Dollars/New Partners training, held this past spring at St. Pius V in Chicago, IL. The agenda began to coalesce around the theme of language, starting with an introduction to Asset-Based Community Development – the language of abundance. Trainees split into groups to brainstorm four different types of assets available to St. Pius V. Within twenty minutes, there were well over 200 identified. After reflecting on the vast number and variety of these assets, the conversation shifted to a different type of language – the language of economy. After an introduction to Partners’ Halo Effect research, trainees learned more about the Halo value of St. Pius V: nearly $15 million annually. Partners and parish leadership facilitated a conversation on how to speak about the impact of their church in terms of numbers and quantitative data. And finally, the third type of language covered was the language of heritage. Father Chuck Dahm provided an overview of the history of St. Pius V, which has served Irish, Sacred Places • Spring 2013 • 14