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I’m pretty sure I like Thanksgiving food the next day and the day after that better than day of. Leftovers are some of my favorite things. But eventually I get sick of them too. Our members like leftover food as well but, they are used to getting everyone else’s leftover stuff too; at Hope Street we do our best to avoid that from happening. We have a rule - if you wouldn’t use it, then we don’t want it. Just because people are coming from a place of nothing doesn’t mean we settle with good enough. In fact I would make the argument that we ought to do our best to provide the very best in order to instill ownership, a healthy sense of pride and allow God to restore dignity. God is a God who co

Loss and Praise

"The grave itself is but a covered bridge, Leading from light to light, through a brief darkness!" . - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Tomorrow is a day set aside to be with those we love, and who love us, and to eat and to be... thankful. Only, not for everyone. For some this day is a reminder of what was, but is no longer: a day of hurt and loss, and longing for how things "ought to be." Several conversations in my office have come back to this topic of loss, and I know that it is felt more acutely now, while we celebrate what we have - those empty spaces left by people we love seem so big right now. What hit me the hardest is how much I've forgotten about those I've loved and lost. I think of

God Knows Your Name

But now, this is what the LORD says-- he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1 You may already know this, but God knows you by name. He has called you. He has summoned you. He has redeemed you. You are his. Let us pray. Dear Father, You are a good good Father and we love you. Lord, you know each of us by name and you love us all as your special and only child. Let us pray for our Members for you know what each and every person is going through. You know the good, the bad, and the ugly and you hear the cries of their hearts desire this morning. Today we lift up; Amanda, Kalyia, and Andr

Love Difficult People

Love Difficult People Confession: my definition of difficult people often is never in relation to the men, women and children that live at Hope Street. Their difficult I can embrace, I can extend grace for and be compassionate about. It’s everyone else’s difficult that often sends me over the edge. It’s the inconvenience, the hurdle jumping and the lack of control - that is often simply exhausting. Throw in being sick and you will probably be crying by noon - asking yourself continually why me?! Too honest? Well, I have days like this and there are days I want difficult people out. I’m not sure where “out” exactly is; but I don’t want to deal with it. Well thank goodness for twitter - or els

Family Reunion 2018

Didn't get to make it to our Family Reunion? Even if you did check out our event photos and recap video. We are beyond grateful to everyone of you for helping make 2018's Family Reunion an incredible night. Stay tuned an update on our fundraising goal will be coming soon! #known #FamilyReunion #hope #Gift #Gratitude #Presence