Girl on the Roof has been a member of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) since 2013. Because Girl on the Roof exists primarily to serve others and give a voice to those who lack one (often as a result of systemic injustice), chambers of commerce don't typically feel like home to us. Because we are classified from a tax perspective as a business, many nonprofit organizations look at us with a degree of skepticism, as if we couldn't understand the pain of lean budgets. And, honestly, some ministries aren't comfortable with us because we hold them to a higher standard of excellence than some want to be held. So when Carol Reeve attended her first national conference of CCDA in 2013, she exclaimed, "Finally! This is our home, and these are our people!"
Because the definition of social enterprise is still squishy and subjective, we are hesitant to call Girl on the Roof a social enterprise. But we do it anyway, since it is our intent to strengthen organizations and communities in part by brokering partnerships with socially responsible businesses. We at Girl on the Roof give of our time, talent, and treasure to our communities and to the organizations that strengthen them. We do this because...
We believe that God has put on this earth at this time all of the resources required to restore shalom (the way God intended for things to be). There is no waste in His economy. Our talents, gifts, experiences, and resources are not for our benefit. They have been given to us with purpose and expectation, that through collaboration in the context of community we may combine them with the talents, gifts, experiences, and resources of others for the common good and the restoration of all things.
With this belief in mind, we espouse the below creed, which is pulled directly from the scripture verses below it:
May the God of peace equip us with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to him. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. We will not withhold good from those who deserve it when it's in our power to help them. We will judge fairly, defend the rights of those in need, and speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Whatever we do in word and deed, we aim to do it all in the name of the Lord, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. We commit our way to the Lord and trust in Him, that He will make the justice of our cause shine like noonday sun.
(Hebrews 13:20-21, Ephesians 2:10, Proverbs 3:27, Proverbs 31:8-9, Colossians 3:17, Psalm 37:5-6)
Although faith is an important aspect of our ethos, we choose first and foremost to serve organizations that better our communities, our environment, and the world around us, regardless of their faith preference. We advocate for equality, diversity, and inclusion in all forms (including in the area of faith), and we engage actively in dialog and seek innovative ideas to help address systemic issues that threaten these core principles.