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Fear No Evil

“Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place--the Most High who is my refuge--no evil shall befall you, no plague come near your tent. For He shall command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” -Psalm 91: 9-11 Father, You are our dwelling place. The Most High - You are our refuge. No evil shall befall us. Thank you Father that we can rest confidently in Your presence, knowing you are commanding Your angels and guarding us in all our ways. We do not need to fear evil. Thank you Father that You are good and Holy and pure. How refreshing are Your words and how healing is Your presence. Goodness prevails in the midst of Your presence because You are immeasurably good.

City of God

”For this calling upon God is the supreme business, the whole business in the mortal life, of the City of God while on pilgrimage in this world.” -Saint Augustine, City of God We use a lot of symbolic language to help reframe perspective. We talk about Hope Street as a Greenhouse for People to remind people that we are not the rescue plan, that we are not anyone’s saviors, but instead Hope Street is a place to grow and bear fruit together - protected and in a community that will encourage and prune when necessary. When a person is ready to move beyond the GFP we call it a transplant. Sometimes there is a sense of finality in a transplant, that this is the “goal.” And, in a sense it is - we a

Caught on Camera

I use to dread film sessions. Especially if it was one on one with the coach. It was the time where you were told exactly what you need to work on, what you did wrong and typically you had to then watch it over and over. I'm guessing the thought was that would really drill it home, which it did. My hope was always (coach too I'm sure) that I would only need to be told once and I would make the adjustment. Beyond that the whole experience teaches you to humbly enter into a moment of conflict. A moment where you don't need to defend yourself what's done is done but it's still helpful for someone to address what was done: right, wrong or indifferent. We have 24 hour surveillance at Hope Street.

Homecoming

I got to witness something for the first time yesterday. It was pretty cool. We have had a family living at Hope Street for several months now. This particular family came to Hope Street on a referral from an agency, The Alma Center, who work primarily with men at-risk or currently involved in the criminal justice system. The Alma Center cares deeply about the families in which men will be returning to upon release from prison. When I first met mom, Aileen, her daughter, Ava, and son, Jeramy, Aileen shared that her fiance was currently incarcerated and would be released on Jan 8th. She was hoping that Hope Street would be a stable place for her family to live until he was released. We consid

New Year Resolutions

I recently watched a video that makes fun of millennials.. one of the lines; “starting in January I’m back on whole 30”. If you don’t know what that is, think: no sugar, no alcohol and no processed food.. basically eat as close to the ground as you can. It’s sort of torture but you end up feeling really good too. Now that we have made it through the Holidays we can get back to our “normal” nutritional routine. At least that’s what I tell myself. While many people set New Years goals to lose weight, work out more or simply be healthier...I find it more beneficial to choose a word to focus on for the year. Something that I can wrestle with, reflect on and become. This year’s word: Present. I w