CHEER's mission is to provide people with the knowledge and ability to create healthy, thriving communities. CHEER is a community-driven process for identifying community vision and goals, and for gathering the information and resources needed to measure and fulfill them.
CHEER operates a holistic place and people based community improvement process for Takoma Park and the Long Branch neighborhoods of Silver Spring, Maryland. It has three major activities. This process uses results based accountability framework driven by community participation to identify and fulfill the vision and goals selected by the community. Community-wide goals have been set for housing, health, community development, and youth development.
CHEER currently operates community health programs to promote access to health care and improve health outcomes for more vulnerable community members by connecting them to health and wellness resources that are available to them in the community. This includes CHEER's Long Branch Healthy Food Access Program. This uses a "Food is Medicine" approach for food insecure people with diabetes. This program guarantees 12 weeks of fresh produce, nutrition and healthy living education, and personal support from a community health worker to all participants.
CHEER also operates Takoma Park Lunch and Learn, a summer youth enrichment program. This is a community-based summer enrichment program for underserved youth. It provides daily transportation to and from the facility, breakfast and lunch, instruction and tutoring in math and reading, and swimming lessons. It also offers sports, arts and crafts, and weekly local guest speakers and leadership and community service instruction to middle school and high school youth with training and volunteer opportunities.
CHEER's mission is to provide people with the knowledge and ability to create healthy, thriving communities. CHEER is a community-driven process for identifying community vision and goals, and for gathering the information and resources…