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Changes

Schools starting. Falls coming. Members have transitioned in and out of our community. Hope Street continues to grow and transform.  Change is constant.  Ever evolving.  Within the constant change, I have seen our community choose to embrace and maintain peace.  Peace within our community and peace with those around us.  Change brings growth. Peace brings an intimate closeness with God.  Often times we resist change because it brings about uncertainty, but change has the ability to bring renewed peace as we trust in Him. Father thank you for your peace, for your intimate care, for your refreshing of our souls and your guidance through change.  I pray you will continue to cultivate peace with

Thank you Kendall!

I went into this internship thinking, wow, this is exactly what I wanted. I was going to be working at a nonprofit that works with people. I loved the mission. It was a small nonprofit so I could get a more comprehensive understanding of how it runs. I was going to be getting course credit. I was going to be getting experience and learning new things. For the first time, I didn’t need to be working multiple jobs at once. Honestly, it kind of felt like the perfect way to spend my summer. What I didn’t know is that Hope Street was going to be exactly what I needed. For the last year at school, I didn’t feel safe in my own apartment. I had a roommate that drained my energy, made me fearful, and

Be Silly

Laughing is, and will always be, the best sort of therapy. Last Wednesday, I spent the last two hours of my day sitting in the hallway. I watched our adults interact with kids (most of which were not their own kiddos). The new thing is attempting to creatively scare each other...let’s just say some are better at that than others. Our kids get home from school and/or daycare at approximately 4:00 pm. What happens after that is controlled chaos. It is a hilarious whirlwind of everybody talking (or screaming), laughing, dancing, running and hugging. This particular day the energy level was a notch higher because Ms. Kim was coming back for the school year and she was bringing Michael (Former Ho

Thank you

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." -1 Thessalonians 5:18 Last weekend I was cleaning around my apartment and decided it was probably a good idea to clean my shower. Now for those of you who have done this before, you know it is probably one of the worst – if not THE worst – cleaning tasks to do. Once I finished, one thing came to my mind. For many years I watched my mom take the time to clean our showers at home and never thought anything of it. She would finish cleaning and one of us kids would instantly jump in and proceed to probably make it just as dirty as it was before. Reminiscing on my childhood, I grabbed my phone and texted my mom “T

How are you doing?

“How are you doing Ms. Ashley?” - Nicole; Current Hope Street Member I’m not sure I knew just how much I missed hearing those words. Or more frankly how much I’ve needed to hear them. Nicole doesn’t know it but Amanda asked me that each morning in her high pitched voice as she went about cleaning the building. She would peek in, smile, wait for me to respond and depending on that response come in, or go about her business. We both knew we needed to check in on one another. Amanda, like me, was really good at smiling and leaving whatever was just below the surface to remain there. However, we both knew eventually it would be time to share how we were REALLY doing. Nicole has started to check