In recent years social scientists have recognized that dysfunction in community leads to many different types of problems, impacting the health and wellbeing of residents. You can spend your time trying to get government to solve all of the problems or you can roll up your sleeves and develop effective, directed interventions from within communities. Working together with community members to address problems creates trust, communication and surprising solutions to a myriad of problems from all sources. Once trust is developed empathy grows and even more is possible. Ann Aust and Tina Squire will explore how to bring wellness to different types of communities, how we already do that within this church, how we can expand on these ideas to address other problems.