A Community-Based Organization: The Las Mercedes Project

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Using the Las Mercedes Project as an example, the aim of this article is to discuss the philosophy and practice of community-based projects. At the core of such projects is a shift in understanding the nature of community. A community, in this case, represents a reality that persons construct that determines the character of rules, norms, and the focus and style of interventions. Additionally, community-based organizations, such as the Las Mercedes Project, are fully participatory, decentered, and carry the imprint of a community's members. Community-based projects, in this regard, improve the likelihood of creating successful interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-80
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • community
  • community action
  • community-based projects
  • decentered organizations
  • socially sensitive interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Rehabilitation


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