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Caught on Camera

I wish we caught on camera the reality at Hope Street today. You want to know what happens at Hope Street? You want to know the reality at Hope Street? Try to feel every single feeling in your body at one time. Think of the thing that has made you the most mad and multiply that times 1000. Try to imagine you are doing everything you can possibly do to live, learn and develop new habits and then BAM! It’s like someone has punched you in the stomach and you cannot breathe. Raw. Scary. Emotional. Frustration. Anger. Hurt. Sadness. Fear. Shame. Tears. Screaming. Clenched fists. Pacing. Oh Lord, YOU! YOU have heard the cry of the righteous for HELP!! You have promised to deliver them from trouble

Open Your Eyes

“Open your eyes, and see what you can with them before they close forever." All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Thankfully it has only happened twice in my time at Hope Street. Unfortunately it’s one of those instances that you really never know how to enter into, understand or deal with. Just before Christmas we lost one of our Hope Street members inside Hope Street. I emphasize inside, because although we have lost other members outside of HS, it’s always a little extra troubling inside our space. As I shared the news to a sullen, saddened and shocked community. The wisdom offered up by one our people was, “well at least she could die in a safe place where she knew she was lo