“It takes a village to raise a child.”
Igbo and Yoruba African proverb
ReVillage is a collaboration between two faith communities in Bend: First Presybterian and the Storydwelling community. Our vision is that no family would have to do the hard and beautiful work of raising their children alone. We seek to cultivate nurturing, relationship-centered childcare that utilizes the care and talents of parents and volunteers. We imagine a world in which all might have access to the care they need and deserve.
In short, we want to Re-Village our city.
ReVillage started pre-pandemic with a hope for families and children to radically flourish and experience wholeness in every area of their lives. With each adult having their own wisdom and set of talents, we encouraged the sharing of those gifts through play based learning. The gifts of the community created good for the community. We offered a co-op model for families to “give” childcare once a week in exchange for receiving childcare the rest of the week using church nurseries as our location. We wanted to lower childcare costs, provide time for adults to work and create, and cultivate a community that feeds the whole family in body, mind, and spirit.
Now, as we face increased pressures on families during COVID-19-- family isolation, disappearing and absent care for kids ages 0-5-- ReVillage acts as a “social container” to bring families together to share care and seek equitable solutions for Bend’s families. Safety is a high priority for our team, and we think forming villages in which families covenant with one another is a way to mitigate the risk of spreading illness. We are now providing play based resources and tool kits, access to safe locations, and a platform to connect for parents to create their own “villages” together!