Sangha Unity Network, Inc. (SUN) is a person-centered nonprofit organization whose focus is to assist in creating opportunities for individuals in communities by building collective knowledge, skills and contribution. We do this by facilitating opportunities to learn and connect, building capacity, assisting in organizational change frameworks, and looking towards what more communities and individuals have to offer. Through providing strength-based workshops, mentoring individuals and organizations, and building community assets, SUN believes that lives of value and inclusion are possible.
Sangha Unity Network was established in 2011 by current Director, Michelle Schwartz. Sangha Unity Network was created from an idea of supporting marginalized individuals to find ways to contribute and create valued social roles within their communities. Conversations with many forward thinking people (i.e. John O'Brien, Jack Pearpoint, Heather Simmons) over several years helped develop the foundation of the idea and supported the forward movement towards a 501C3. It then took several years to find the opportunity that would begin the journey.
Sangha Unity Network looks to continue to support all who identify as a self-advocate and will work to continue to shift systems to providing more individualized, inclusive and valued services.
The mission of Sangha Unity Network is to provide opportunities to empower and enhance the lives of people who are marginalized.
Sangha Unity Network envisions communities where all people are valued for their contributions, gifts, and capacities, and where people are connected, included, and living a life with autonomy and choice.
To build social networks, people need to be linked to each other rather than only linked to systems and institutions.
To empower individual growth, opportunities for contributions must be created.
To create community capacity, community stakeholders must be provided new ideas.
To empower individuals to connect with their communities, they must first be empowered to identify their own hopes, dreams and vision.